On a day one of her organisations faced flak from the Punjab and Haryana High Court,more trouble seems to be piling on the MP and founder of the NGO,People for Animals (PFA),Maneka Gandhi.
An RTI activist from Ludhiana,Balbir Aggarwal,has accused the Delhi-based PFA of bypassing the wild life norms and taking decisions unilaterally on animals rescued by the NGO with the help of the Punjab Police.
Aggarwal,in a letter to Punjab Forest Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani,has alleged that in April,the PFA members with the help of state police rescued 500 parakeets from Bathinda from some smugglers. The birds were taken to Delhi by the NGO and instead of handing them over to the state wild life department,they were released in some forested area in the national capital.
Similarly,Aggarwal said in his letter,that in February this year too,10 parakeets recovered from Jalandhar by the PFA were taken to Delhi and released in the wild by the NGO members.
It is really commendable that birds were rescued twice. But without informing or seeking a transit pass from the wild life department,the PFA members took the birds out of the state, Aggarwal has said in his letter.
He said that in the year 2009 as well,some cobras and other snakes rescued by the Delhi-based NGO from Morinda were taken to Delhi for treatment and were not handed over to the wild life department. The wild life department has failed to even set up its own rescue centre and for the past two years there has been not meeting with the NGOs involved in wild life care. Perhaps this is the reason that NGOs fail to inform the department after the rescue operation, Aggarwal said.
Contacted,Jayani said,I will check up with the wild life officers as to why NGOs from outside the state are not seeking transit passes before taking the birds or other animals out of Punjab and why the wild life department was not being kept informed during such rescue operations.