HC wants CS to explain how State Govt plans to save North Sikkim yaks

Gangtok, 9 July:

The division bench of the Sikkim High Court has taken suo-moto action on reports of over 300 yaks dying of starvation following heavy snowfall in Muguthang and Yumthang valleys of North Sikkim in December 2018.

The High Court had issued a notice to the State Government last month after local media reported about the yak deaths.

Chief Justice Vijai Kumar Bist and Justice Meenakshi Madam Rai directed the Chief Secretary to file an affidavit on the issue and also explain how the state plans to save yaks from extinction.

The bench observed: “…In fact, affidavit should have been filed by the Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim. Therefore, we direct the Chief Secretary to file a detailed affidavit in this regard.”

Meanwhile, the High Court has taken the affidavit filed by the Principal Director, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department, into record.

It has observed that while some points have been made about how the challenge can be addressed, the present affidavit was silent on which agency was supposed to implement the suggestions.

The court has directed the Chief Secretary to file a comprehensive affidavit within the next five weeks. The court has fixed the next hearing on the matter for 20 August, 2019.