Bhubaneswar: Showing generosity towards stray animals during COVID lockdown enforced across Odisha, the State Government sanctioned funds to feed dogs and cattle roaming on deserted streets in urban areas.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sanctioned Rs 60 lakh from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) towards assistance for stray animals during 14-day lockdown.
“The lockdown is now underway across the State to control the COVID pandemic. Therefore, the stray dogs and cattle are deprived of getting food during the crisis. In view of it, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved sanction of Rs 60 lakh from his relief fund to 48 municipalities and 61 NACs,” a release from Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said today.
The urban local bodies will provide food to stray animals through various voluntary organisations.
As per the order, while the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) can spend Rs 20,000 per day towards stray animals, the daily expenditure will be Rs 10,000 in Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Berhampur municipal corporations. The municipalities and NACs can spend Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,000 per day respectively for stray animals.