SMC to rope in jobless vets to sterilise dogs

SMC to rope in jobless vets to sterilise dogs

Doctors will be paid Rs 500-1000 per dog

SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) will engage veterinary doctors to tackle the dog menace in the city.
The doctors will be paid an honorarium per dog sterilised. SMC incharge commissioner Dr Shafqat Khan told Kashmir Reader that doctors will be paid between Rs 500 and Rs 1000 for each dog sterilised.
“They won’t have to spend anything. The entire cost of sterilisation will be borne by the SMC,” he said.
An SMC spokesperson said the SMC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Unemployed Veterinary Doctors’ Association (UVDA) to tackle the dog menace in the city.
According to the government data, 16,000 people have been bitten by stray dogs during the past three years.  About 5000 dog bite cases were recorded at the Anti Rabies clinic at the SMHS hospital here during 2015-16. The number is about 100 more than the 2014-15 when 4917 incidents were reported at the same clinic.
As many as 6014 dog bite cases were recorded during 2013-14, he said.
“The move on one hand will provide employment to unemployed youth of the State and, at the same time, will tackle the growing dog biting cases. Scores of dog bite cases are registered every month, especially during winters as food grows scarce,” Khan said in a statement.
Under the MoU, the unemployed veterinary doctors will be roped in to implement Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme in a scientific manner, adhering to the norms laid down by the authorities.
As many as 400 unemployed veterinary doctors will be engaged in the operation. Almost all unemployed veterinary doctors recently boycotted Public Service Commission examination and met finance minister Dr Haseeb Drabu, requesting him to provide them jobs.
“We intend to sterilize as many dogs as possible in the day. Initially, we intend to sterilize over 200 dogs a week. However, the number will gradually go up as the drive will gain pace,” said Khan.
Dr Ishfaq, president UVDA, has agreed to work on the proposal, SMC statement said.
The SMC is also working on the lines of providing these unemployed veterinary doctors a chance to help attend to stray animals on the streets in case of emergencies. “It will be an initiative towards animal welfare,” he said.
“We want it to be a collective societal effort to counter the dog menace. I appeal to the city dwellers to come forth and help in disposal of solid waste by using dustbins. Public health remains SMC’s top priority,” said Dr Shafqat.

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