Srinagar is the summer capital of our state. It is a district and has a separate municipal committee with a municipal commissioner, responsible for local and trivial public services. One of them is public safety and sanitation. The streets are usually clean and the quality of other services is satisfactory, but the terror of canine dogs is increasing at an alarming rate. In recent past, the news of twin killings from city is an astonishing indication of canine dog terror engulfing the streets of Srinagar. The recent order of the Deputy Commissioner for ban of begging rackets came with as a sigh of relief, but are canine dogs not a relevant issue for the district administration? Are the twin killings by stray dogs insufficient to cause them alarm? The city needs quick and prompt action to save the dwellers from wrath of dogs amid the growing tourist season.
All these factors need to be kept in cognizance to save the innocent lives from the dogs. Municipal administration should be quick and responsive. Cumulative garbage should be done away immediately.This may help in both sanitation as well as stopping the emergence of breeding grounds. Strict regulations should be issued for citizens to cremate the dead animals. People should avoid mixing edibles with domestic waste. The veterinary and medical usage of curbing the erratic growth in numbers should be introduced and amplified. The technological advances of veterinary science could prove advantageous, as is seen in other advanced regions inside and outside the country. The temporary and prompt response of district administrations should be able to relocate dogs who are rabid. People who share a locality faced with such problems, should immediately inform their ward administration for corrective action. As is said “prevention is better than cure”. The administration may take the cure factor post haste, as the people need to protect themselves.
In conclusion, the social issue faced at heart of valley is to remind the people and administration to coordinate and cooperate on this problem. The issue is less of administrative lacuna than that of irresponsible citizenry. Their is a need to take prompt and corrective actions to make the city safe for everyone. Tourism is the backbone of the citys economy, and they ought to be provided with every form of safety and security. Our winter capital should be securing at every hour. Each person on foot should feel safe. The children leaving for school in morning should come safe in the afternoon. And women who go to the market shouldn’t be terrorized by roaming dogs. The nitty-gritty of this abuse speaks volumes about the malfunctioning of the municipal administration and moans for the awareness of their duties. They are duty bound to make people feel at ease when they leave their homes. The twin killings shouldnt be forgotten as a random episode, but should be remembered as an example to improve the efficiency of administrative presence on ground. Otherwise, the administration will soon feel the wrath of the people, if there are more victims of dog attacks in the future.
Shahid Majeed Mir
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