Haryana to change name of nilgai to roze

March 18, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 08:08 am IST - CHANDIGARH:

The Haryana government on Thursday said it will soon bring a proposal to change the name of nilgai to ‘roze’ and will also give permission to kill the animal to protect crops.

During question hour in Assembly, Kehar Singh MLA asked Haryana Forest Minister Rao Narbir Singh whether there was any proposal under consideration of the government to tackle the problem in the State.

In his reply, the Minister said that Haryana government had issued 42 permits for hunting of nilgai. “But only two nilgai were actually hunted,” he informed the Assembly.

The Minister said people in the State are reluctant to kill the animal because as per Hindu religion, this animal is called nilgai.

“We are now bringing a proposal to change the name of nilgai to ‘roze’ and we shall give permission to kill the antelope wherever the need arises,” the Minister said.

He further informed that Bihar government had given permission in several areas to kill nilgais.

Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, government of India vide notification date December 1, 2015 has declared Nilgai and wildboar as vermins in Bihar for a period of one year from the date of issue of this notification, the Minister informed the House.

He said the government of Haryana has authorised Divisional Forest Officers of respective districts to issue hunting permit for nilgai.


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