"I don’t think it is included. It cannot be included in the list. It is a national bird", said Parsekar  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 had stoked a controversy after he announced that Peacock was included in the list as nuisance animals.

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