Gangtok, 31 Oct:
The High Court of Sikkim has granted ten days time to the State Animal Husbandry and LivestockDepartment to come up with short term and long term proposals to prevent death of Himalayan yaks during the winter season.
Last winter, more than 300 Himalayan Yaks had died due to starvation during heavy snowfall in Muguthang and Yumthang.After local media reported the yak deaths, the High Court had taken up a suomoto PIL.
In view of the approaching winter, the High Court has said that it is time that the State Government comes out with a detailed affidavit so that appropriate consideration can be made by this Court at an early date.
The court has granted 10 days’ time to file additional affidavit addressing the issues and concerns raised during the hearing.
Amicus Curiae,JorgeyNamkha, in his affidavit suggested preventive measures from the ICAR-National Research Centre on Yak, at Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh had prepared the State action plan on climate change in 2013, the Sikkim Government should also adopt and immediately implement, he suggested.
He also suggested adopting success stories of the ICAR-NCR on Yaks and implementing it in the State of Sikkim immediately. The State Government should also take benefit from research work that has been undertaken by ICAR-NCR on Yaks.
He further suggested that both long term and short terms measures including royalty for grazing rights in the alpine area, lack of winter feed leads to heavy weight loss (25–30 percent) of yak over that period, requiring recovery and new weight gain during the summer months.