Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Friday directed all the Urban Local Bodies to make necessary provision of food for the stray animals during the current lockdown period.
The State Housing and Urban Development department has asked all the municipal commissioners of corporations, executive officers of municipalities & NACs to ensure implementation of the directive with immediate effect.
The authorities have been asked to meet the expenditure out of the funds available with them from various sources including own source revenue or subject to recoupment from SRC/CMRF sources.
Due to resurgence of Covid pandemic resulting in lockdown in the State w.e.f May 5 to May 19, thousands of stray animals will have a hard time for finding food leading to starvation and other consequential issues. Therefore it has been decided to make necessary provision of food for such animals during the lockdown period, the government letter pointed out in the directive.
According to the details of the admissibility of the expenditure, the government has fixed Rs 20000 as unit cost per day for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Rs 10000 for the four municipal corporations Rourkela, Sambalpur, Cuttack and Berhampur. Similarly, the government has allowed all the municipalities to spend Rs 5000 unit cost per day while NACs can spend Rs 2000 unit cost per day for the purpose.
The Housing Department has also released necessary modalities for implementing the order in a smooth manner.
ULBs may co-opt or partner with voluntary organizations for animal welfare
In case of non-availability of such organizations, ULBs can proceed with the welfare work with in-house resources or Mission Shakti Groups or Federations.
Authorities have been asked to involve local level officers of the Fisheries and Animal Resources department.
Priority must be ensured for partnering with such organizations or groups of volunteers with credentials.