Chandigarh: With the municipal corporation failing to check the menace of stray dogs, former union minister and chairman of a non-government organisation Jan Kalyan Manch, Harmohan Dhawan, has said for officers to really feel the pain of those affected, stray dogs must be taken to their homes.
“People cannot be made to suffer because of officers’ complacency, negligence and carelessness. Direct action needed to be taken to get them to do their duty,” Dhawan added, after a meeting of the organisation.
Attacking the officers further, he claimed, “Most officers in the city come from remote cities of Punjab and Haryana on deputation. Chandigarh is heaven for them and they consider it as a pastime to enjoy life. They have no commitment and involvement in the welfare of the people.”
He added one of the causes for their alleged non-involvement in the affairs of the city was their feeling that the worst that could happen was repatriation to their parent state.
“More than 70 dog bite cases are reported daily in Sector 19 and 38 dispensaries. A private NGO is carrying out the sterilisation programme of the corporation. However, with the number of stray dogs doubling, people are alleging that the corporation and the NGO has entered into a nexus,” Dhawan claimed.