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.
Mehbooba welcomes Pak PM’s call to Modi:’Dialogue only way forward to resolve issues’
Srinagar, May 26: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti Sunday welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying dialogue is the only way forward to resolve issues between the two countries.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Khan had called up Modi to congratulate him on his re-election.
“Welcome step. For what it’s worth, dialogue is the only way forward to resolve longstanding issues between India & Pak,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.
In their first telephonic conversation after the Balakot air strike, Modi told Khan that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism was essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in the region, the MEA said.
Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and expressed his desire to work together for the betterment of their peoples, the Foreign Office said here. Khan’s telephone call to Modi came days after the cricketer-turned-politician congratulated on Twitter the Indian Prime Minister on his massive electoral victory in the general elections.
Prime Minister Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office, winning 302 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that Khan also congratulated Modi on his party’s electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections.
Rasheed seeks rehabilitation of shopkeepers at Manchi Krand in Uri
Uri, May 26: AIP President Er. Rasheed today visited various villages of Uri to take stock of day to day issues of masses and interacted with many deputations.
Er. Rasheed along with party office bearers Mir Khursheeed, Mohd. Rafiq Bhat, Abdul Qudoos and Mohammad Imran also visited Salamabad to offer his condolences to the family of Haji Atta Mohammad whose two members died in a tragic traffic accident at Gharkote Uri.
On the occasion, Er. Rasheed was told that inadequate width of the roads is the main reason of frequent accidents taking place in the hilly areas. He appealed authorities to ensure widening of all important roads connecting remote villages with Uri and Bonyar towns.
Er. Rasheed visited Manchi Krand where six shops were gutted in a fire incident few days back. While seeking rehabilitation of the shopkeepers Er. Rasheed talked to Deputy Commissioner Baramulla who assured him of providing ex-gratia to the victims without delay.
Er. Rasheed also urged administration to take care of depilated roads and sought deployment of adequate staff in various Primary health centers, sub-centers and schools.
Er. Rasheed thanked people of Uri for their massive support to AIP in the recently concluded parliament elections and assured masses that AIP will continue to speak for the rights and aspirations of people of entire state and will emerge as a strong and sustainable alternative to those political parties who have ruled the state but given nothing back to masses except sufferings and hardships.
Er. Rasheed also had an interaction with youth hailing from minority Hindu community at Bandi Manchikrand and assured them of all sorts of help to highlight their genuine issues.
While thanking the entire minority community in the area for voting AIP despite negative propaganda by various political parties, Er. Rasheed hailed minority community in Uri for not migrating to Jammu or some other place and for preferring to live and die with their Muslim brothers.
Range officer among four forest officials suspended in Doda
Bhadarwah, May 26 Four forest officials, including a range officer, were placed under suspension on Sunday as authorities seized five sawmills in a special drive in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, officials said.
However, some owners alleged that their sawmills were non-functional for years and instead of cracking a whip against forest mafia, the forest officials “staged this drama to hide their infighting”.
Range officer of Neeru in Bhadarwah Forest Division, Javid Abdullah Dev along with incharge block officers Liaqat Ali Khan, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din and Jahangir Iqbal Najar were placed under suspension by principal chief conservator forest, the officials said.
They said the suspension followed preliminary inquiry into the illicit felling of trees in various compartments of Neeru range over the past couple of months.
On May 22, seven forest officials including DFO Bhadarwah and Range Officer Chiralla were suspended for illegal activities, including illegal felling of trees and encroachments in Chiralla forest range .
Earlier during the day, the officials said, sleuths of Territorial Forest Department (TFD), Forest Protection Force (FPF) and Police led by Conservator Forest (CF) chenab circle, B Mohan Dass and DFO Doda Alok Moria raided six premises at Gatha, Udrana, Chakka and Sartingal villages in Doda district and seized five sawmills.
“After receiving a specific information about the functioning of sawmills illegally in the peripheral areas of Bhadarwah town, we initiated a drive and seized five sawmills,” Moria told reporters.
He said the operation went smoothly without much resistance from any of the sawmill owners except at the premises of one Harish Kotwal at Udrana.
“We were threatened of dire consequences at Kotwal’s house in presence of senior officers from police and civil administration. We have taken the cognizance and action as per law will be initiated soon, ” Moria said.
The sawmill owners, however, denied any wrong-doing.
“Adhering to court orders, my sawmill is nonfunctional and locked since years, but to my utter surprise, the officials raided my premises and the rusted wheel was seized,” Sheikh Mohd Ayaz, resident of Gatha, claimed.
He said the officials were seizing nonfunctional sawmills, which indicates “they are either settling scores with their fellow colleagues or befooling higher-ups.”
Mohammad Ramzan Batt, another sawmill owner and sarpanch of Udrama, said he has no problem with the seizure because his mill was nonfunctional from the past three years.
“I think all this drama is being staged to justify the suspension of DFO Bhadarwah,” Batt alleged.
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