Logistics

Rlys security hit by 28% dog-power shortage

Mamuni Das New Delhi | Updated on August 23, 2011

A bomb disposal squad with sniffer dog

The Indian Railways' security system has been hit by a shortage of sniffer dogs. Against the total sanctioned strength of 405 dogs for the Railways network, the actual strength was only 292 dogs - leading to a 28 per cent dog-power shortage.

“There was a vacancy of 113 dogs (about 28 per cent),” the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out in its latest performance audit report. The CAG also questioned the efficiency of dogs hired by Railways.

“From the monthly reports of dog squads in South Central Railway, it was observed that there were no cases of crime detected by dogs during 2005-10, casting doubts about their effectiveness,” CAG has stated.

In fact, in Western Railway, 12 dogs were hired for Rs 48.13 lakh up to March 2010 to man the stations at Churchgate, Mumbai Central, Borivali, Surat and Virar. But, these ‘salaries' were probably not enough to secure fully trained sniffer dogs

>mamuni@thehindu.co.in

Published on August 23, 2011

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