Mysuru: Bala Subrahmanya better known as Snake Shyam has appealed to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to provide compensation to snake rescuers’ families in case of their death while rescuing the reptile.
Submitting a memorandum to the chief minister here on Wednesday, Snake rescuer, who has been rescuing snakes for the past 46 years, said that several snake rescuers have lost their lives while rescuing the reptile. Many of them were the sole bread earners of their families and with their death, the family loses the only financial support, he said. Taking reference to the recent deaths of snake rescuers like Lokesh in Nelamangala, Naresh of Chikmagaluru and Deepu of Kanakapura, Snake Shaym said that with their deaths, their families are in dire strait. The government must come to the rescue of these rescuers, who sacrifice their lives for the sake of others. Snake Shyam has so far rescued 86,440 snakes and now his son Surya Keerthi also rescues snakes.
The government must acknowledge the efforts of snake rescuers and come to their help in times of tragedy.
He also mentioned that on an average, about 50 to 60 people are injured in snake bite, daily in the State. Majority of them are poor daily wagers and farmers. The government, which claims to be pro-poor must come to the rescue of them, he appealed. He also urged the chief minister to reserve at least 10 beds in hospitals for victims of snake bites.