Tamil Nadu CM Stalin felicitates Bomman and Belli couple from the Oscar winning documentary The Elephant Whisperers
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Wednesday honored couple Bomman and Belli, who featured in the Tamil-language documentary The Elephant Whispers, which won India’s first Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category.
Bomman and Belli, seen in the documentary, take care of elephants at Mudumalai in Nilgiri district. The Chief Minister met the couple after the documentary got the Oscar award. According to a release issued by the government, Stalin presented a check of Rs 1 lakh each, a memento and a shawl to both of them.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Wednesday honored couple Bomman and Belli, who featured in the Tamil-language documentary The Elephant Whispers, which won India’s first Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. It has been said in the release that the documentary shows the working of the Tamil Nadu Forest Department and the efforts being made to take care of elephants. In this, it has been said that the Chief Minister has announced an assistance of Rs 1 lakh each to 91 people working in two elephant camps in Mudumalai and Annamalai in Tamil Nadu.
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He has also allocated Rs 9.10 crore for the construction of houses for these employees. At the same time, the elephant camp located in Annamalai Tiger Reserve in Coimbatore district will be modernized at a cost of five crore rupees. It has been said in the release that a camp with all facilities for elephants will be set up at Sadivayal in Coimbatore district.
Later talking to reporters, Bomman said that it is not easy to raise elephants and they give love and care to the cubs like their own children. Kartiki Gonsalves, director of the documentary, expressed happiness over Stalin’s meeting with Bomman and Belli. He tweeted, ‘After ‘The Elephant Whispers’ won India’s first Oscar as an independent film at the 95th Academy Awards, Hon’ble Chief Minister M.K. I am very happy and proud of Stalin’s meeting with Bomman and Belli.
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