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CM suggests uniform policy for Animal Husbandry Dept

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PNS|Vijayawada

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed the officials to introduce a uniform policy in the Animal Husbandry Department, similar to the one introduced in the Medical and Health Department that has established two PHCs in every mandal and one Village Clinic at every village secretariat.

At a review meeting on Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries held here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister asked the officials to usher in a multi-tier system to have uniformity to extend quality services to the people.

After formulating a comprehensive plan that works of full rationale, officials should work on improving infrastructure under Nadu-Nedu and provide vaccination to the livestock.

He asked the officials to strengthen the Animal Husbandry wing in RBKs by enhancing the operational capabilities of Veterinary Assistants similar to the Village Clinic that consists of an ANM and ASHA worker contributing to a strong public health system at the village-level.

SOPs should be developed and enforced to ensure that one or two volunteers extend support to the veterinary assistants at RBKs in every village, he suggested, adding that cattle herders should be provided with the phone numbers of call centers and animal husbandry assistants.

Besides providing training to all dairy farmers at milk societies in partnership with Amul to improve the quality of milk and make it chemical-free, steps should be initiated to ensure that all animals get health cards with the help of modern technology for proper monitoring of the services extended to the livestock.

The benefits of schemes introduced in the animal husbandry sector should reach everyone in full transparency without partialities and a village should be taken as a unit for implementing the schemes, he suggested, adding that a single phone number should be used for all animal husbandry services. The State has become a role model in the country in animal husbandry services and top officials from states like Kerala, Punjab and Chhattisgarh visited it for acquainting themselves with the functioning of veterinary ambulances, he disclosed and directed the officials to pay special attention to the running of ambulances based on SOPs to retain its place in the country.

Understanding the need to provide livelihood to women under the YSR Cheyuta, he said Rs.18,750 each was given to the women belonging to the SC, ST, BC and Minority sections in the last two years successively.

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