Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah through a report he called from Forest department has learnt that 27 peacocks have died in different eight villages of Tharparkar.
The chief minister taking serious notice of the diseases which claimed lives of beautiful birds of Thar- the peacock, had sought a report from the Forest department saying that it was unacceptable that off and on even during this winter season peacocks were dying due to irresponsible attitude of the concerned authorities, said a statement issued here on Tuesday.
The report received from Secretary Forest Mr Mazoor Shaikh says that in view of emergent situation of dying peacocks, the deputy conservator was sent to the site, Thar on February 26 and he met local people in village Bakho, some 25 to 30 kilometers in the North of Mithi.
The resident of the said village told him that the chicken and peacocks were largely dying due to spread of Rani Khet. The report further says:” The site investigations since 2007 have established that main reason behind the deaths of peacock was the virus of Rani Khet originates from poultry.
As such preventive measures in the matter are required to be taken by the Veterinary department, the report suggests. The report says that four peacocks died in Aqliyoon, two in Bangal of Chhore taluka, four in Bakho, four Posarko of Mithi, two in Dhabaro, two in Seenghalo, taluka Deplo and nine in Derandeida of Nagarparkar.
Murad Ali Shah has issued directives to Veterinary and Forest departments to work in close coordination to control the disease and keep him posting their reports. He also directed them to start medication of peacocks and chickens in the area, segregate the ailing peacocks from the healthy ones and top of it formulate ‘save the peacock strategy on war footings under intimation to his office.
He directed the forest and Veterinary department to depute efficient, energetic and bird loving officials in Thar for taking emergent measures. “I want results, not mere reports,” the CM said categorically.