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Kerala to start rehabilitation centre for elephants

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government will start an elephant rehabilitation centre at Kottoor, near here, State Finance Minister Vakkom Purushothaman said today.

The government will also be introducing a ”Gajaraja Award” for the best domesticated elephant and separate awards given to the most caring owner and mahout, he said while presenting the Budget in the Assembly.Mr Puruthothaman said he had earmarked Rs 16 crore for conservation of natural forests and another Rs 3.55 crore for increasing productivity in forest plantations, besides Rs 6.65 crore for conservation, biodiversity and management of protected areas