‘Palike broke SC order in ABC tendering’

Srinivas said the BBMP’s animal husbandry wing was yet to form the monitoring committee as directed by the Supreme Court in the same order while going ahead with the ABC programme.

An animal rights activist on Tuesday blamed the BBMP for violating the Supreme Court and Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) orders while calling for tenders for the animal birth control programme.

Speaking to journalists here, L Srinivas cited the BBMP document mentioning that tenders will be awarded to the lowest bidder. “Unlike other tenders, ABC tenders should be awarded based on credibility and interest. (The tender call) is a violation of the apex court’s order 691/2009,” he added.

On March 26, the BBMP had called a second tender for the ABC, after the AWBI issued a series of directions to states, union territories and chief secretaries, listing the procedures and guidelines to be followed in the ABC programme.

Srinivas said the BBMP’s animal husbandry wing was yet to form the monitoring committee as directed by the Supreme Court in the same order while going ahead with the ABC programme.

The BBMP is also imposing an Rs-100 penalty on animal welfare organisations for failing to meet targets, which is also a violation of court orders and AWBI guidelines.

Srinivas said a letter was written to the BBMP commissioner and the AWBI on April 9, but there had been no response.

“Ironically, the BBMP has no records of the number of street dogs in the city and how many of them are sterilised. The civic body is awarding ABC work orders to incompetent organisations,” he said. 

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