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PUNJAB AND HARYANA AGREES TO COMPENSATION IN CASE DEATH DUE TO STRAY DOG BITE, CHANDIGARH MC REJECT AGENDA

October 31, 2017 09:01 PM

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Punjab and Haryana States move forward to give compensation in case of death due to stray dog bitem but Chandigarh Municipal Corporation rejects agenda for grant of such compensation.

During resumed hearing of a CWP filed by Ram Kumar of Samana through advocate Hari Chand Arora, seeking compensation from State of Punjab and the Municipal Council, Samana for the death of his son, Ankit, aged 12 years, and a student of 5th Class, on 5.3.2014 due to stray dog bite, wherein the HC Bench comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, had impleaded the State of Haryana and UT Chandigarh administration, as well as Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh also as respondents, the States of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Municipal Corporation filed their respective affidavits.

During resumed hearing of a CWP filed by Ram Kumar of Samana through advocate Hari Chand Arora, seeking compensation from State of Punjab and the Municipal Council, Samana for the death of his son, Ankit, aged 12 years, and a student of 5th Class, on 5.3.2014 due to stray dog bite, wherein the HC Bench comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, had impleaded the State of Haryana and UT Chandigarh administration, as well as Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh also as respondents, the States of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Municipal Corporation filed their respective affidavits.

State of Haryana has produced guidelines known as “The Haryana Municipal Guidelines for the Grant of Compensation to the victims of attacks by the Stray Dog/s, 2017” issued by the Haryana Urban Bodies Department, which envisages payment of Rs.50 thousand as compensation in case of death of a child due to stray dog bite, and a payment of Rs.1 lakh as compensation for such death of an adult. . In case of injuries by dog bite, provision for payment of medical expenses ranging from Rs.2000/- to Rs.10,000/- has been made, in cases where free medical treatment is not availed by a victim. The policy does not appear to cover deaths due to attack by other stray animals like Bulls.

State of Punjab produced Draft Bye Laws issued by its Local Government department, which has been circulated to all Municipal Corporations and Municipal Councils, on 29.9.2017, directing them to adopt these bye-laws, and to send back the same to the Government so that these may be notified. The Bye-Laws envisage payment of compensation of Rs.1 lakh in case of death caused due to attack by any stray animal. The word “animal” includes buffalo, horse, bull, calf, dog also. However, in case of a disability resulting from attack by an animal, the compensation in proportion to extent of disability, upto Rs. One Lakh shall be payable. The Bye-Laws envisage registration of every animal brought within the jurisdiction of Urban Local Bodies, every year, before April 1st, and renewal of such registration also every year, for which appropriate fee shall be prescribed. On registration, the owner shall get animal tagged with a token given by the licensing authority. Each Committee shall construct a cattle pound of sufficient capacity for impounding stray cattle.

The Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh has however struck a discordant note. It has filed an affidavit, which states that in compliance with directions issued by the HC Bench, the House of the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh held a meeting on 29.9.2017. The House unanimously rejected the agenda for grant of compensation to dog bite victims, considering the fact that there is no statutory provision in the Municipal Act regarding compensation, It is further stated that the Municipal Corporation is providing free treatment, vaccination and serum to the dog bite victims in its Anti-Rabies Civil Dispensaries in Sector-19 and Sector-38 Dispensaries. Approximately nine to ten thousand dogs have been got sterilized through an agency.
The Writ Petition has been adjourned to 8.11.2017 for arguments. 

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