Canine Terror Echoes In Assembly

Out Of Sgr’s 91,000 Dogs, Only 680 Sterilised In 6 Months

Srinagar – Supposed to tackle a canine population of above 90,000, the municipal machinery in Srinagar has sterilized only 680 stray dogs since the drive started early this year after a public outcry over recurrent attacks.

Giving the figure in the state assembly on Wednesday, the minister of state for urban development, Nasir Aslam Wani, said that under the orders of the High Court the government had put infrastructure in place at the SKUAST here for sterilisation and abortion of stray dogs.

The minister was replying to a question from NC legislator Dr. Basheer Ahmad Veri about the galloping canine population in the two capitals of the state.

The legislator countered by asserting that the number of stray dogs would leap to 150,000 by next year if all that the government was able to achieve within six months was sterilising 680 dogs.
In his reply, the minister had said that the government would set up another sterilisation centre neat Teng Pora, and upgrade the available infrastructure.

Dr. Veri had said canine population in the summer capital could be more than the figure of 91,110 put out by the government.

Laughter rang out in the house when the minister riposted: “Doctor sahib, if you have any doubts about the government figures, why don’t you conduct a census on your own to bring the actual facts to light.”

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