The Government of Odisha approved Rs 54 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for feeding stray animals in all 48 Municipalities of the state during the ongoing lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.
While the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has been granted Rs 20,000 daily for feeding the animals, the urban local bodies of Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, and Sambalpur will get Rs 10,000 per day. As stray animals struggle to find food during the ongoing lockdown due to coronavirus, the government will feed them in various cities and towns across the entire state.
A letter sent by the housing and urban development department to commissioners of several municipal corporations and executive officers of municipalities states that thousands of stray animals are finding it difficult to live due to lack of food, as eateries and hostels are closed amid nationwide lockdown.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister’s Office also tweeted, “Appreciate @speak animals for coming forward to feed the hungry animals who are without food due to #21DaysLockDown. Such a compassionate gesture during the hour of crisis helps in mitigating the suffering of these voiceless.
Appreciate @speak_animals for coming forward to feed the hungry animals who are without food due to #21DaysLockDown. Such compassionate gesture during the hour of crisis helps in mitigating the sufferings of these voiceless.
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) March 30, 2020