The Kottayam district panchayat has decided to file an impleading petition in the Supreme Court in the stray dog case.
A decision to this effect was made at a meeting of the panchayat here on Monday, presided over by its president Nirmala Jimmy. The meeting also directed the different local bodies in the district to ensure that the abattoirs in their respective areas install waste treatment units . The licence of those units which fail to implement the mechanism would be cancelled.
Meanwhile, a meeting convened by the District Collector P.K. Jayasree directed the local bodies to complete the plan revision for funds before September 24 to start Animal Birth Control Centres (ABC). As per the direction, the grama panchayats should transfer ₹3 lakh each to the fund where as the block panchayats and municipalities are required to transfer ₹5 lakh each. The district panchayat will also contribute an amount not less than ₹10 lakh.
Holding that it was mandatory to take licence for pet dogs before September 30, the Collector entrusted the local body secretaries to ensure that pet dogs and cats were vaccinated.
Ms.Jimmy said the ABC shelters set up at Kodimatha would be opened before September 30 . While the Pala municipality and Vazhoor block panchayat have expressed willingness to open shelters , most local bodies in the district have not been able to provide the requisite land for opening the centre.
Ms.Jimmy also called for prioritizing the vaccination for stray dogs in school premises. Ward-level committees should create awareness on the measures to be adopted in case of a stray dog attack, she added.