Gujarat Government has appealed to the citizens to cooperate to save birds from ‘manja’ injuries. The government-run Karuna Abhiyan drive, which will be on from January 10 to 20, calls on people to rescue injured birds.
In this Karuna Abhiyan drive control rooms will be put up in different cities and towns to resuscitate rescued birds. The government has engaged above 500 veterinary doctors, more than 6,000 volunteers, 290 rescue teams, 1,072 forest staff, 126 NGOs, and 30 animal ambulances this year.
About 10,571 birds were injured by glass strings used to fly kites during Uttarayan festival last year. Around 9,752 out of these birds were discharged after treatment at the rescue centres started by the state government and NGOs jointly in 2018.
Among the birds injured about 76 per cent cases were registered in the four major cities of the state, namely, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot.