NGO statement creates furore in Northeast

NGO statement creates furore in Northeast

NEW DELHI: An NGO on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre to take concrete steps to deal with the "increasing menace" of stray dogs and monkeys in the national capital and have them "eliminated", saying they are "defiling" the Prime Minister's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

The PIL filed by an NGO called Society for Public Cause, even suggested that that all pet dogs must be muzzled when brought in public and stray dogs/ monkeys be sent to Nagaland or exported. "Street dogs are defiling the 'Clean India i.e. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi," the NGO said, adding that "any person bitten by dog should be compensated suitably by the respondents (the Ministry of Environment and Forests) and in case of death, a minimum compensation to be paid to the next kin of the victim".

The petitioner's counsel L S Chaudhary sought a direction to the ministry and municipal corporations that "if animal lovers want to set up kennels they should do so at their own cost and not at public expenses". The court has fixed the matter for further hearing on August 17. (Agencies)

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