KERALA

Norms issued for parading of jumbos

Staff Reporter



Prior permission of District Collector needed

Elephant squad, veterinary surgeons must for fetes



THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Those wishing to parade elephants for festivals should henceforth seek prior permission from the District Collector or an official authorised by him, a press note issued here has said.

Elephant owners applying for such permission must produce the ownership certificate given by the Chief Wildlife Warden; certificate showing that the elephant has been registered in the State; certificate proving that a microchip has been affixed on the elephant; animal’s medical fitness certificate; documents showing that the elephant’s owner has taken insurance cover for not less than Rs.2.5 lakh for the mahouts; agreement between the owner and the festival committee for preventing any harassment of the animal from people who come for the festival; and the documents showing time-bound insurance cover (along the lines of the third party insurance cover for vehicles) for damages caused by the elephant, if it turns violent.

Insurance

If more than five elephants are being paraded, a public liability insurance cover is compulsory, the note said. The presence of an elephant squad and veterinary surgeons must be ensured during the festival.

In addition to this, there should also be a certification from the district police superintendent or from an official authorised by him regarding the crowd expected at the venue of the festival and that there is sufficient space for all the elephants being paraded to move about, the note added.

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