To provide incentives to its stray canine-catchers who are "dogged" by attacks, bites and serious injuries, the primary civic agency of the capital is planning to pay a special "risk allowance" to them.
A monthly allowance of Rs 690 will be given to the members of the dog catching squad of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on the lines of similar grants provided to the stray cattle-catching staff and group C and D workers in the Anti-Malaria Department of the civic agency.
Catching of stray dogs for sterilisation and immunisation is one of the key functions of the MCD's Veterinary Services Department. Many a times, the squads visit congested localities in the city where catching strays becomes a cumbersome and risky job.
The staff engaged in dog catching are often attacked by stray canines while carrying out their duties and suffer serious injuries, including dog bites officials said, adding they are also exposed to the risk of rabies.
At present, no special allowance is given to the dog-catchers though they receive a monthly salary of Rs 10,000.
The Standing Committee, the key decision-making body of MCD, has already passed the proposal for paying the "risk allowance" to the canine-catchers.