Punjab govt to spend INR 30 crore on veterinary care

Punjab Government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to restructure the complete network of Veterinary Hospital and Poly Clinics in the state by spending INR 30 crore on their upgration. A decision to this effect was taken in a high level meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. It was informed in the meeting that under this prestigious project 5 new poly clinics and 20 hospitals would be constructed besides upgrading 10 existing polyclinics and 850 hospitals. Expressing deep concern over the nuisance caused by the stray cattle, Badal directed all the Deputy Commissioner in the State to establish at least one Gau-shala in their respective districts to tackle this menace efficiently. He pointed out that a proposal of INR 5 crore had already been sent to Government of India for its approval. He said that he would take up this issue with the concerned Ministry during his next visit to New Delhi to fetch a grant of INR 25 lakh each for a new Gaou-shala under GOI Scheme. Animal Husbandry and Fisheries and Diary Development Minister Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike informed in the meeting that the state government had planned for the sterilization of about 2.75 lakh stray dogs in the state that would cost INR 440 per operation. He further informed that initially this project would be launched from the Ludhiana City on pilot basis and would cover the entire state in a phased manner.


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