On October 26th, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) emphasized the need for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to promptly vaccinate and sterilize stray dogs in the 34 recently merged villages.
To address this urgent matter, PMC is making preparations to initiate a tender process to engage the services of three private organizations that will be responsible for these villages.
During the meeting, several significant decisions were made. PMC resolved to allocate a dedicated vehicle within its main building to ensure quick responses to citizen complaints.
This vehicle will enable PMC teams to promptly address concerns raised by residents. Additionally, a dedicated city task force will be established with the primary objective of transforming Pune into a rabies-free city.
This task force will also take charge of vaccinating stray dogs, signifying a shift in focus for the veterinary department from the Animal Birth Control (ABC) program to mass immunization for the stray dog population.
Notable attendees at the meeting included Vikram Kumar, PMC commissioner; Ravindra Binwade, Additional Municipal Commissioner; Bhagwan Pawar, Medical Officer of Health; Dr. Sarika Funde, veterinary superintendent of PMC, and representatives from various NGOs