Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The City Corporation Council on Wednesday urged the Government to institute an inquiry into the functioning of foreign- funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) trying to disrupt the Integrated Rabies Control Programme taken up by the local body.

A resolution adopted by the council called for legal action against the foreign nationals involved in the attempt to sabotage the programme. Moving the resolution at a meeting of the council, Attipra ward councillor S. Sivadath alleged that the organisations were availing themselves of funds from the Animal Welfare Board of India and foreign agencies for animal rights activities.

Terming the activities of the NGOs as a challenge to the rule of law, Health standing committee chairman G.R. Anil said the animal handlers employed by the Corporation had to face a series of attacks and abuse by foreign nationals. He said the NGOs were spreading misinformation about the rabies control programme.

Mayor C. Jayan Babu said the Animal Birth Control programme was designed to manage the stray dog population in the city by sterilising healthy animals and euthanising diseased and aggressive dogs that posed a threat to people.

"The Corporation has decided to extend the project to the suburban panchayats to prevent the influx of dogs into the city," he said.

The Mayor said no one would be allowed to disrupt the project.

"We have taken steps to monitor the agencies posing a challenge to the programme and provide protection to the animal handlers," he said.

Financial irregularities

The council recommended a Vigilance inquiry into the double payment of cheques submitted by the Corporation to the Treasury.