The issuance of annual licences for domestic elephants has been extended until April 30, a Wildlife Conservation Department official said.
The official said the department issued about 300 licences so far for keeping domestic elephants, adding that the majority of them were issued to the National Zoological Department.
He said after this deadline, raids would be conducted and legal action taken against the owners who keep domestic elephants without a valid licence.
The official said the suitability of the owner of the elephant is checked before a licence is issued.
Certified documents including six side photos of the elephant, a note on how the animal was received, duration of possession, the purchasing receipt and other information should be submitted with the filled application form of the department when applying for the licence.
The annual licence fee is Rs. 250 with an addition of 12% VAT