JAMMU, JAN 15: Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Social Welfare, Health and Medical Education, Asiea Naqash today said that Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has been working on multiple strategies as per the guidelines issued by Animal Welfare Board of India to reduce the stray dog populace.
She said this while replying to a calling attention notice tabled by the MLC, Zafar Iqbal Manhas.
“From time to time SMC has been tactically working for population management of stray dogs, rabies eradication and reducing Man-dog conflict, with encouraging results,” she said.
On the occasion, the Minister informed that as per the guidelines put forth by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) for dog population management, mainly focuses on two strategies, one minimizing the availability of energy rich exposed garbage which provides an abundant source of Food to the stray dogs resulting in the increase in proliferation rate and life span of stray dogs and other the Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies Program.
Moreover, the Minister noted that Srinagar Municipal Corporation has been working on the implementation of such strategies and as such the stray dog bite cases as per the reports available at anti rabies centre SMHS Hospital over the last few years reveal that there has been around 30% decline in the number of dog bite cases from 7,000 recorded during the year 2012-13 to 5120 during the year 2016-17.
She also said in spite of rapid multiplication rate of stray dogs due to the availability of energy rich exclusive non vegetarian waste around 100 metric tons generated daily from the city of a total production of around 450 metric tons of waste.
She further informed that if this energy rich nutritious waste remains available in abundance each female dog (bitch) can add 10-15 pups to the existing dog population every year. “SMC has been constantly on war footing to reduce this availability of energy rich exclusive non vegetarian garbage to reduce the proliferation and survival rate of stray dogs,” she added. In this regard several effective and vital initiatives have been taken by the SMC to reduce waste edible food including door to door collection of garbage from households, hotels and restaurants and all open garbage sheds have been closed across city. “Also, about 350 closed lid garbage bins procured from JK ERA have been put in place across the city,” she added.
She also said that the number of dog bite cases that have been recorded and treated at anti rabies clinic SMHS hospital Srinagar are 7000 in 2012-13, 6041 in 2013-14, 4917 in 2014-15, 5100 in 2015-16, 5120 in 2016-17 and in the year from 2017-18 till ending September-2533 cases were treated so far.
The Minister further informed that the deployment of additional fleet by SMC comprising of special garbage collection of light vehicles, compactors, dumper placers, twin dumper vehicles, twin dumper bins, tippers, land dozers, hoper vehicles has resulted in reducing the availability of highly nutritious garbage waste to a great limit. Besides, SMC is constantly trying to upgrade the systems to increase the efficiency of this program, she added.
Similarly, “SMC has been working on Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies Program (ABC-AR Program) after its implementation by AWBI in 2010 to end the presence of stray dogs on roads and public places and to free India from the incidences of rabies by 2020.” She informed.
She also informed that SMC is implementing fast track sterilization of stray dogs along with effective garbage management as viable and effective tool to reduce the stray dog population.
“Keeping in view the larger volume of sterilization of stray dogs SMC has initiated the process of establishing one more ABC-AR Program at the available site at Tengpora at an estimated cost of Rs 1.4 crore and work will start soon on the project,” she said.
Regarding the dumping of garbage near Rawalpora Higher Secondary School, the Minister informed that open garbage shed has been replaced with covered with dumper bin and clear cut instructions have been placed to avoid the presence of garbage on the roads to avoid dogs gathering.
MLC J&K Legislative Council, Khursheed Alam also raised a supplementary.
Zafar Iqbal Manhas in his supplementary wanted early displacement of garbage shed from the Higher Secondary School Rawalpora.
Responding to the supplementary, the Minister said that the matter will be taken with SMC Commissioner and the problem will be redressed in a stipulated time. Besides, to avoid non vegetarian waste from the city slaughter house will be constructed for which tendering process has been completed and work will start soon, she added.
Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP
Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.
Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.
“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.
He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.
“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.
The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.
Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth
Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.
Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.
“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.
He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.
The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.
Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.
Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik
Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.
The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.
Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.
On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his
Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.