Federal government has shifted headquarters of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to Ballabhgarh in Faridabad Region of Haryana from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It was shifted after consultation with AWBI for better coordination between the Environment Ministry and AWBI for carrying out the animal welfare activities.
The Rule 3 of the Animal Welfare Table (Administrative) Rules, 1962 mentions that the headquarter of AWBI shall be at New Delhi or at such other place as central government, may, after consultation with the Panel direct.
The Animal Welfare Board of India was created under Section IV of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act(1960). Since its inception in 1962, AWBI has controlled from Chennai. Rukmini Devi Arundale, dancer and cultural activist was instrumental in its constitution donating the Valmiki Nagar building to the Board.
Later, in 1991, the DMK government allotted 1,400 sq m of land in Chennai’s Thiruvanmiyur solely for the AWBI’s use.
Chennai To Delhi :Headquarter of AWBI
Adding that the move to Delhi was part of the “three-tier” system with a national board, state boards and district planks.The honorable Supreme Court has given the directive that to prevent cruelty of animals, every state government should have(such a) table. In the districts, there will be a district welfare panel. After so many years, this has not been implemented.
At present, AWBI contains 22 members even though the total number should be 28 as per the PCA Act. Of these, 10 users have their established addresses listed as Delhi with no members based in Chennai and one member from Karnataka.
However, contrary to Gupta’s promises that all employees were agreeable to shift the office from Chennai to Delhi, one source experienced earlier told TNM that AWBI Table members, who had been settled and working in Chennai for decades were not keen on uprooting and shifting to Delhi. But the source added that it did not seem like they’d have a choice.
The decision to move AWBI from Chennai to Delhi has been mooted before – once during the tenure of MC Daga between 1987 and 1988 and another time between 2003 and 2004 when Justice Guman Mal Lodha was the chairperson.
Thursday’s announcement comes a week after the closure of the central government’s printing press in Coimbatore. The printing press was shut down and the employees were all asked to go to Nashik. Many got condemned this apparent ‘development of the north at the expense of the south’. Reports suggest that plans are on to sell the government properties to private companies in Coimbatore.
Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI)
The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), headquartered at Ballabhgarh in Haryana state, is a statutory advisory body advising the Government of India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. It had been previously centered at Chennai.The Animal Welfare Board of India was established in 1962 under Section 4 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960.The Table issues publications to raise awareness of various animal welfare issues. The Board’s Education Team gives talks on pet welfare subjects, and trains people of the community to be Panel Certified Pet Welfare Educators.