PANAJI: A day after a controversy erupted over the proposed listing of peacock as a vermin, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today ruled out including the national bird in the list of nuisance animals.
"I don’t think it is included. It cannot be included in the list. It is a national bird," Parsekar told PTI today reacting to the issue.
He said though there are complaints of large-scale peacock menace in some rural areas, the bird comes only to eat grains after the harvesting. "It does not damage the crop. Even if there are complaints, we can have measures to handle it," the chief minister said.
Parsekar said the list of animals to be included as vermin has been submitted by government to state chief secretary for examination.
State Agriculture Minister Ramesh Tawadkar yesterday had stoked a controversy after he announced that Peacock was included in the list as nuisance animals.
The decision had evoked sharp criticism with Congress terming it as "suicidal" and harmful for ecology.
The state is contemplating the possibility of declaring various animals as vermin after instances of monkey fever were reported in the rural areas and also complaints from farmers about crop damage were on rise.
Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane raising the issue during the recently held Assembly Session had demanded that monkeys and some other animals be declared as vermin.
Rane, however, reacting to the issue yesterday had said peacock menace can be controlled by using certain equipments which shoo away the birds.