S.P Gupta appointed as head of Animal Welfare Board of India
A retired IAS officer who runs his own cow shelter S.P. Gupta, appointed as head of Animal Welfare Board of India. But a section of the board is not happy with the choice. Gupta, they claimed, has no track record in animal welfare, and may have been appointed because of his political connections. Gupta, who was appointed a member and the chairman of the board through a gazette notification on 6 December, runs a cow shelter in Mewat, Haryana. After a 35-year career as a bureaucrat, Gupta was re-employed in 2015 and made the director-general of the Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
The Animal Welfare Board of India was established in 1962 under Section 4 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960. Well-known humanitarian Rukmini Devi Arundale was instrumental in setting up the board and was its first chair.The Board consists of 28 Members, who serve for a period of 3 years. It has its headquarters in Chennai, India
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