KG News Desk
Srinagar, July 17: Expressing deep concern over the alarming increase in ‘dog bite cases’ in summer capital, the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell has sought an action taken report in this regard from the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
“I am deeply concerned by the news items carried by leading newspapers and grievances received daily regarding the exponential increase in ‘dog bite cases’ in Srinagar city,” Mr Tassaduq Mufti, Coordinator CM’s Grievance Cell has said in a communication addressed to Dr Shafqat Khan, Commissioner SMC.
“I shall be grateful if the action taken and the roadmap in this regard is shared with the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell,” the communication further reads.
According to the communication, reports of more than 16000 dog bite cases during past three years reveals that SMC has not done enough to keep under check the canine menace caused by more than 19000 stray dogs in the city. “These stray dogs keep on chasing, attacking and biting pedestrians, morning walkers and two-wheeler riders. On a grave note elderly people and children seem to be the prime victims of such attacks,” it said adding that SMC had recently announced that a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed with the unemployed Veterinary Doctors Association for its Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies Programme through pay per dog sterilization, “but unfortunately its results are barely visible on the ground.”
“We need to have a holistic response to this grave problem that is endangering human lives,” the Communication said adding that the easily available high energy rich waste from households, poultry outlets, hotels, restaurants, butcher shops and weddings, dumping of Waste on roadside or in water bodies, open garbage sheds and slow pace of distribution of domestic garbage bins, unutilized dog pounds have also aggravated this problem.
MGNREGA: ‘Appoint social auditing staff’
Expressing concern over the deficiencies regarding social auditing in MGNREGA reportedly pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell has asked for placement of social audit staff for MGNREGA.
“Recently I came across news items published in the press wherein some deficiencies regarding social auditing in MGNREGA reportedly pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India was highlighted,” Mr Tassaduq Mufti, Coordinator CM’s Grievance Cell has said in a communication addressed to Minister for Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Haq Khan.
“For ensuring accountability and transparency for all stakeholders, it is mandatory as per the MGNREGA Act to establish an independent social audit by appointing Director Social Audit MGNREGA and other supporting staff at both state as well as the Divisional level,” he wrote.
He also asked for appointment of Ombudsman in each district by placing the requisite mechanism for redressal of the grievances related to the MGNREGA.
“I shall be grateful if your goodself looks into the matter personally and ensure that the above mentioned gaps/ deficiencies are fulfilled in order to ensure transparency, accountability, good governance and objective of the said flagship scheme is achieved accordingly,” the communication further reads.