Punjab eases shooting permits of animal to save crops

2017-07-19     Source: indiatimes
Short-term permits for shooting wild boar and Roz to check damage to crops during season as no Panchayat resolution will be required as per a decision taken by Punjab government on Friday.

The state government has also approved introduction of sterilisation of bulls by the Animal Husbandry Department to control the menace of stray cattle, in line with the practice being followed in some other states.

A meeting of the Punjab State Wildlife Board, chaired by chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, decided to simplify the procedure for sanctioning the 45-day permits for shooting these crop-damaging animals. It was decided to put the permit process online and on the WhatsApp digital platform to ensure ease of procedure for grant of the permits. These permits for limited hunting are confined to privately owned land and are meant only for crop-damaging animals.

The meeting also decided on various initiatives to promote ecological preservation, including creation of a conservation reserve along 185 kms of River Beas, starting from 52 head Talwara to Harike.

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It has also been decided to allow selective fishing with the Board being empowered to decide on the fishing seasons, as against the earlier practice of fishing being a part of the Irrigation & Drainage Department's domain.

Other conservation measures approved at the meeting included creation of Ranjit Sagar Dam Wildlife Sanctuary to promote eco-tourism, such as angling and river cruise, for revenue generation. A proposal to ban commercial netting was also discussed.

It was further decided to declare Ropar Wetland as a wildlife sanctuary/conservation reserve, an official spokesperson disclosed, adding that the meeting also gave in-principle approval to the release of Gharials (17 hatchlings of which are ready at Chhatbir Zoo) into Satluj-Beas.

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