KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday directed the local government secretary to immediately evolve a mechanism to get weekly update from all the district municipal corporations (DMCs) about their tasks to control and avoid dog-bite incidents within their respective areas.

Expressing its concerns over the rapidly increasing incidents across the province, a two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar further asked the secretary to also call reports every week from talukamunicipal officers and personally monitor the task for overseeing the performance of DMCs and municipal officers and file a report on the next hearing.

The bench also took exception to the absence of the Karachi administrator despite being put on notice and directed him to appear in person on June 2 and explain his failure to comply with the court order.

When a petition about increase in dog-bite incidents in the province and shortage of anti-rabies vaccines at government-run hospitals came up for hearing on Thursday, local government secretary Najam Shah informed the bench about compliance made in the light of the court’s previous order.

He stated that the draft of bye-laws for the Sindh Council of Dogs Population Control & Mass Vaccination-2021 had been approved by a committee constituted under the chairmanship of the Karachi administrator and that the Sindh chief minister had also approved the same. Now the draft rules would be placed before the next cabinet meeting for final approval, he added.

Sindh rabies control programme project director Najeeb Ahmed stated that a tender had been published for procurement of vaccination and they had already conducted the exercise of evaluation of technical bids. Within two days, the financial bid would be opened and the entire process would be completed within 10 days, he added.

He also maintained that in order to maintain the smooth transportation of stray dogs to the vaccination centre and release them, they had already got the permission to purchase 60 vehicles. The cabinet had approved it and he would submit a progress report on the next hearing, he said.

The LG secretary submitted that they were regularly convening meetings with the municipal commissioners of different DMCs.

The bench also directed the lawyers for the cantonment boards to submit progress reports at the next hearing and also issued directives for the executive officers of all cantonment boards to ensure that in their areas proper task force must be deputed to strictly control dog-bite incidents within their respective territories.

Published in Dawn, May 7th, 2021

Opinion

A fragmenting ummah
Updated 23 Jul 2021

A fragmenting ummah

Muslims are suffering in many parts of the world, all of which is known by other Muslims, but that nevertheless continues.
Virtual vultures
Updated 22 Jul 2021

Virtual vultures

Pegasus software has stirred a storm of indignation across the globe.
Shifting goalposts
Updated 20 Jul 2021

Shifting goalposts

Afghanistan is one place where proxy war by regional and bigger powers has always been a constant.

Editorial

India’s admission
Updated 21 Jul 2021

India’s admission

It was no secret that India had been manoeuvring behind the scenes to ensure that Pakistan remained on the grey list.
EU headscarf ban
Updated 23 Jul 2021

EU headscarf ban

Moves by the EU to curtail the religious freedoms of Muslims and others in the bloc need to be reviewed.
Disposal of offal
Updated 22 Jul 2021

Disposal of offal

The least people can do is to make an effort and dump entrails in designated areas.
New blow for Pak-Afghan ties
Updated 20 Jul 2021

New blow for Pak-Afghan ties

Islamabad police need to build a watertight case around their final conclusions because the stakes could not have been higher.
20 Jul 2021

FDI decline

THE worrisome, sharp decline in the more permanent, non-debt-creating foreign direct investment, or FDI, should be a...
20 Jul 2021

Another tragic accident

ALMOST every other week, if not every other day, newspapers report deadly road and rail accidents. It has been ...