Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday informed State Legislative Assembly that no proposal was submitted by the state government to the Central Government for declaring any wild animal as vermin.
In a written reply tabled in the assembly in response to a question asked by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Rajesh Patnekar, Parrikar, who also holds Forest Portfolio, said, ”No proposal has been submitted by State Government to the Central Government for declaring any wild animal as vermin. In the meeting of the State Board for Wildlife held on 16/12/2017, it was decided not to recommend declaring any wild animal as ‘Vermin’.”
“Animals like wild boar, gaur, monkey and peacock cause damage to agricultural fields or horticultural crops in the state. Complaints are received from farmers who have suffered losses to crops etc and after scrutiny they are given compensation under the ‘Shetkari Adhar Nidhi Scheme’ of Directorate of Agriculture,” he said.