DNA | Last Modified - Sep 28, 2011, 03:17 AM IST
Bangalore: With the rise in attacks by stray dogs in Bangalore, a case has been filed against the BBMP in the Lokayukta court. The complaint seeks an inquiry into the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme, which is being carried out from 2001.
The case was filed by former corporator M Pari last week. He requested BBMP commissioner Siddaiah to implement recommendations of the report submitted by Dr MK Sudarshan in May 2007.
Pari said the ABC programme began in October 2000 and was later handed over to Animal Welfare Organisations (AWOs). The BBMP paid AWOs Rs 6.4 crore (April 2001-December 2006), Rs 2.20 crore (2007-08), Rs 1.8 crore (2008-09) and Rs 5 crore (2009-10) to execute the programme. Also, Rs 11.6 lakh is allocated as monthly remuneration to the 46 animal husbandry department staffers, who oversee the control of stray dog population.
Pari said the then BBMP commissioner K Jairaj had ordered a performance audit of animal birth control programme from Dr MK Sudarshan of Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS).
Dr Sudarshan's report noted there was no estimate of the stray dog population before and during the implementation of ABC programme and its impact was not measurable. There is no definite system to identify sterilised dogs. The report had also noted that the incidence of dog bites and rabies had remained the same during the past decade.
Pari also said that rampant malpractices have taken place while implementing the ABC programme.