District Collector J. Syamala Rao directed the officials to prepare a plan for control of monkeys that were destroying crops in some mandals of the district.

He held discussions with officials of the Panchayat Raj and Forest Departments regarding the monkey menace. He said that the problem was acute in Elamanchili, Nakkapalli, Butchayyapeta and Payakaraopeta mandals and directed the officials to initiate measures to end the menace on a war-footing. He directed the District Panchayat Officer to prepare a report on the number of monkeys in the respective mandals and the amount of money required for their relocation.

Mr. Syamala Rao suggested deployment of baboons in the affected areas as an immediate step for scaring away the monkeys.

He also advised the officials to consider the feasibility of conducting vasectomy operations for male monkeys.

The measures should be taken in such a way that they do not contravene the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act.

‘No dearth of funds'

District Panchayat Officer Nagarjuna Sagar told the Collector that there was no dearth of funds in Payakaraopeta and Elamanchili mandals and the money need for control of monkeys could be met from the general funds of the panchayat. District Forest Officer Rammohan Rao, Assistant Director of the Horticulture Department Rammohan, Divisional Panchayat Officer of Narsipatnam Narayana Rao and Elamanchili sarpanch P. Ramanamma were among those who participated.