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State Government orders probe into efficacy of NGO-led approach

  • Government firm on ending the menace in a month: Ashok
  • Unauthorised mutton stalls to be closed immediately

    Bangalore: An inquiry has been ordered into whether the NGOs responsible for the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme over the past six years have succeeded in their task, Health and Family Welfare Minister R. Ashok said on Friday.

    He said the Government was examining whether or not criminal cases could be filed against health officials of the corporation, and NGOs such as Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) that were given generous funding to control the dog population.

    Shaken by the public outcry against the death of a young boy in an attack on Wednesday by a pack of stray dogs in BEML Layout, the State Government and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Friday announced a raft of measures, including putting mad, ferocious and rabid dogs to sleep. All other stray dogs will be sterilised.

    Mr. Ashok told reporters that the Government was firm in its resolve to end the problem within a month.

    Earlier, in separate press conferences, Public Works Minister H.D. Revanna and the BJP MLC `Mukhyamantri' Chandru attacked the BBMP for failing to protect children from "ferocious and mad dogs" in Bangalore.

    `Act must be changed'

    The Health Minister, explaining the legal hurdles that prevented the Government from killing dogs, said he would write to the Union Government to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

    BBMP Commissioner K. Jairaj said all unauthorised mutton stalls would be immediately closed, as dogs fed on leftovers thrown by the stall owners.

    Mr. Ashok also announced a study by the Kempe Gowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) into the efficacy of measures taken to bring down the number of rabies cases and the dog population.

    The inquiry announced by the Government will be led by H. Sudarshan and assisted by a joint commissioner of the BBMP.

    The report will be submitted in a fortnight. The KIMS report will be ready by March 31.

    This is the same enquiry that was ordered by Mr. Jairaj on January 12 after Sridevi was mauled to death in Chandra Layout.

    He had asked Dr. Sudarshan to investigate whether the ABC programme was effective and to submit his report by March 30.

    Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has pulled up BBMP officials.

    "It is their responsibility to prevent the recurrence of such incidents," he said in a statement.

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