Govt to appoint Gopal Mitra in every panchayat

Patna: The state government is undertaking an animal health protection drive from June 20 to June 30 during which veterinarians would visit all the households under every gram panchayat in the state and administer vaccine to the animals to protect them from different diseases.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held here on Wednesday. It was chaired by deputy CM Sushil Kumr Modi and attended among others by animal husbandry and fisheries resources department minister Giriraj Singh, department secretary Sudhir Kumar and director Rajesh Kumar.

It was also decided at the meeting to appoint one `Gopal Mitra’ in every panchayat across the state to provide medical care to animals, besides artificial insemination (AI) for which they would be given three months’ special training. For training purpose, the government also decided to open four centres at Patna, Dumraon, Purnia and Gopalganj. Modi directed the officials to make functional within three months the Dumraon centre. The officials informed Modi that the Frozen Semen Bank at Patna which has remained closed for the last 25 years would be made functional again in July this year.

The officials also informed Modi that the department would shortly purchase 20 mobile vans. These vans would carry veterinary doctors to different villages in the state to treat the animals. The officials also informed him that for the construction of 527 veterinary hospitals, funds have already been made available to the building construction department and construction of 254 hospitals have already been completed at an estimated cost of Rs 51 lakh.

At present, 773 regular veterinarians and 404 veterinarians appointed on contract basis are in service in the state, the officials said, adding soon 121 more veterinarians on contract would be appointed while for appointment of 389 more veterinarians on regular basis, the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has been approached by the department. They also said that the State Animal Reproduction Policy had already been drafted and efforts were on to place it before the state cabinet for its approval.

Modi directed the department’s principal secretary to ensure attendance of veterinarians at every veterinary hospital across the state.

Source: TOI

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