Mobile veterinary hospitals in every Assembly constituency

Hyderabad: The Telangana Government is preparing to press into service adequate number of mobile veterinary hospitals to offer timely health services to cattle in every Assembly constituency. The scheme’s expenses will be partly met from the Rs 500-crore National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) fund.

The State government will bear Rs 100 crores towards subsidy and offer counter guaxrantee to the NCDC to offer loans to the members of recognized societies of sheep and goats and fishermen at villages. According to information, the State government offers loans @ 3% interest while the Centre gives loans @ 10% interest and to bridge the gap of 7% the State government offered to bear Rs 100 crore for subsidy.

Talking to media persons here on Thursday, Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said the State government was committed to the welfare of shepherds and goatherds. He stressed the need for protecting cattle and encourage sheep and goat farming and fishermen. He said as part of protecting the farm and domestic animals, one veterinary hospital will be set up in each Assembly constituency soon.

Earlier, the minister chaired a sub-committee and held a high-level review meeting on cattle protection and steps to increase their numbers and fisheries development. Ministers Etela Rajender, Guntakandla Jagadish Reddy, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Jagadish Reddy and Tummala Nageswar Rao were present. They took stock of the cattle, livestock and steps to help shepherds and fishermen to empower through their own professions. Loans at low interest rate will be given to the members of these societies, Talasani added.

The meeting assumes significance in the wake of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao appointing Srinivas Yadav to head a sub-committee and submit a report to the government on the steps to be taken for helping sheep and goat farmers and fishermen, including Besta and Mudiraj people. –NSS

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