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Post by Seva Lamberdar Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:45 pm

MUMBAI: Former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse on Thursday said he smelt a rat in the government’s claim that nearly 3.2 lakh rodents were killed in a week in Mantralaya (Ministry bldg.) by a contractor in 2016.

If the contractor is to be believed, he killed 45,628 rats in a day or 31 rats per minute,” the senior BJP leader said during a discussion on budgetary allocations in the assembly. He said BMC had killed six lakh rats across the city in 2015 and 2016. “The contractor was paid Rs 1.5 for every rat,” he told reporters outside the assembly later.

In the assembly, Khadse said the general administration department had invited bids to kill rats damaging files and cables in Mantralaya. The government said there were 3,19,400 rats in Mantralaya, he said, claiming the information was given in reply to an RTI query.

Former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse said the information about the rat killing in Mantralaya in reply to an RTI query was given by the BJP MLA from Bhandara, Charan Waghmare. Recalling Dharma Patil, a farmer who consumed poison inside Mantralaya for not getting adequate compensation for his land acquired for a solar power project, Khadse said, “He consumed the poison that was meant to kill rats.”

Khadse said it was later found out that the contractor did not have a licence to handle the poison nor did he take permission from the GAD or the home department to place poison in Mantralaya. “There were major irregularities in the tender or the contractor has cheated the government,” Khadse said. Junior minister of GAD Madan Yerawar said the state would look at the tendering process and details will be submitted before the assembly.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/ex-mantri-smells-rat-in-maharashtra-rodent-plan/articleshow/63421703.cms

>>> So it's just not the red tape in Govt., but rats too.
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Post by Seva Lamberdar Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:59 pm

MUMBAI: Senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse on Thursday demanded an inquiry into the way a contract to kill rats in Mantralaya (the state secretariat) was executed.

How could the company which was given the contract to kill 3,19,400 rats in Mantralaya accomplish the task in a mere seven days, he asked, speaking in the Legislative Assembly.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had taken two years to kill six lakh rats in the city, he said during a discussion on Budgetary demands.

"A survey found that there were 3,19,400 rats in Mantralaya. A work order was issued by the General Administration Department. The company was given six months.

But it claimed to have killed them in just seven days," Mr Khadse said.

"It means it killed 45,628.57 rats a day. Those 0.57 must be the new-born ones," he said, evoking laughter in the House.

"It also means the company killed 31.68 rats every minute. Their weight was around 9,125.71 kg and every day one truck was required to take dead rats out of Mantralaya. But it is not known where they were disposed of," he said.

The government could have deployed ten cats to do the job instead of hiring a private firm, the former revenue minister said in a lighter vein.

Dharma Patil, a farmer who committed suicide in February, consumed poison from the stock kept by the company on the premises of Mantralaya, he alleged.

Patil, alleging injustice in award of compensation for land acquisition, consumed poison at the state secretariat and died a few days later.

"There is no information on whether the company had the permission to use the poison. Also, was it permitted to keep the poison stock in Mantralaya?" Mr Khadse asked.

"It is very surprising that this company killed over three lakh rats in just seven days while the BMC took two years to kill six lakh rats. There is a discrepancy in the claim made by the company," he said, demanding an inquiry.

https://www.ndtv.com/mumbai-news/3-lakh-rats-killed-in-7-days-no-way-says-maharashtra-minister-1827366
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Post by Seva Lamberdar Tue May 23, 2023 2:51 pm

Just a brief comment on the natural control of rodents since the beginning of civilization.

Snake can be a valuable friend of humans. Snakes eat mice / rats eradicating them in fields and residential areas, which helps in saving human's grain eaten by rats / mice in fields and homes. Moreover, due to rat / mice killing and eating by snakes,there are less rat/mice borne diseases (plague etc.) inflicting and killing humans.

Incidentally, the same type of help to humans, as snakes, in saving their grain from rats / mice and eliminating the rat / mice borne diseases (plague etc.) occurs from cats which also kill and eat rats / mice (in homes especially).

Furthermore, humans are not on the food menu of snakes. Most of the snake bites to people causing deaths etc. are accidental and unexpected without the snake looking to bite and kill a person. In addition, snake sometimes bites and kills a person when snake is suddenly confronted by the person and it feels threatened. Anyway, the vast majority of snake varieties are not venomous and deadly to humans.

Snakes' usefulness to humans, due to snakes killing rats / mice thus saving humans' grains and food and also saving humans from rodent borne diseases (including plague), was recognized long ago and even symbolically represented in mythological stories as Shesha-naga (multi-headed king snake) bed on which Lord Vishnu relaxes. Thus, due to the efforts of snakes as they kill and eradicate rats / mice (humans' enemy), Lord Vishnu (as the preserver of people) has his work of keeping people safe made easy, which is symbolically shown (in paintings etc.) as Lord Vishnu taking rest on Shesha-naga (snake) bed.

In some Puranic stories, humans are discouraged to kill snakes, and the reason of course is obvious (snakes kill and eradicate humans' real enemy - rats / mice).
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