Tamil Nadu government on Saturday announced that its annual elephant rejuvenation camp, a pet initiative of chief minister J Jayalalithaa, will be held for 48 days starting next week in which 98 pachyderms will be treated.
Jayalalithaa has allocated Rs 1.53 crore for this year's exercise which will be held at the Bhavani river bed in Coimbatore, the state government said in a revised release here.
An earlier release said that 43 elephants will be part of the rejuvenation camp with Jayalalithaa allocating Rs 78 lakh.
The initiative, started in 2003 following complaints that the jumbos were not treated properly in temples and mutts, involves providing the elephants a combination of rest, nutritious food and medical treatment, besides training the mahouts to deal with the gentle giants with compassion.
The release said that the camps were not held from 2006-11 during the DMK regime, and the idea was re-initiated after Jayalalithaa took over in 2011.
This year 98 jumbos belonging to temples and mutts besides those under Forest Department will be part of the special camp commencing from December 19.
The chief minister has directed that elephants unwilling to be moved from their existing locations or those unable to do so on health grounds be offered the same facilities at their original locations, it said.