Dehradun, October 20
The Union Environment and Forest Ministry has sought an explanation from the Uttarakhand Forest Department regarding the state government's decision to start sterilisation of wild monkeys for their population control.
Inspector General of Forests SK Khanduri, in a letter to Uttarakhand Principal Secretary, Forests, S Ramaswamy, has asked the state to give details of its rhesus monkey sterilisation programme for ensuring a clearer view particularly when CAMPA funds are being used for the purpose.
Khanduri said as rhesus monkeys were wild animals listed under schedule II part I of the Wildlife Protection Act, a careful thought needed to be given to all conservation aspects, including the management of population and the subsequent appropriateness of actions.
He categorically pointed out that Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi had strongly objected to the Uttarakhand Forest Department's rhesus monkey sterilisation programme.
Significantly, the People For Animals, Uttarakhand Chapter, has expressed strong reservation over the Uttarakhand Forest Department’s rhesus monkey sterilisation programme.

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