Gangtok, April 20: (IPR)With an objective to address the primary need and challenges of veterinary services to fight COVID-19 crisis, Hon’ble Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Shri Lok Nath Sharma chaired a coordination meeting with the concerned Secretary Shri SB Subba, Senior Officials, Schemes Incharge and Directorate of Fisheries at the conference hall of Krishi Bhawan, Gangtok, today.
He expressed gratitude to the frontline warriors of COVID-19 pandemic and further encouraged to work consistently to save the livestock and unattended animals. He also informed that the department can procure required feed of livestock from outside the state as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India.
Minister Sharma also took stock of financial position and pending liabilities of the previous year and budgetary allocation under various schemes and programmes for the financial year 2020-21 in detail.
He advised completing the official procedure at the right time to avoid lapses of allocated fund due to inordinate delay and haphazard plan of action at the closing month of the financial year.
He also directed the concerned Incharge to work with new spirit and enthusiasm and further urged participants to put all possible efforts to accomplish their responsibilities amidst challenges of COVID-19 crisis.
While interacting with the concerned schemes head, Minister Sharma asked to prepare a mechanism to avail chemical-free feed in every market and retail shops at village level in the State.
It was also discussed to strengthen hatchery centre of poultry and rearing Khdaknath breed of chicken in the State.
Minister also stressed for early completion of the ongoing developmental projects and further discussed on subjects of situational importance like the establishment of the temporary slaughterhouse, availability of rising demands of meat in the state.
Secretary Shri SB Subba coordinated the interactive session and guided the concerned Incharge with his invaluable inputs to materialize proposals of respective programmes.
Earlier, the concerned Incharge briefed on the status, activities and targets of the schemes and programmes including Dairy farming, Poultry Mission, Yak Development, Hatchery, Feed and Fodder, Veterinary Services, RKVY, National Livestock Mission, Piggery, Goattery, Rabies Control & SARAH, Extension & Training, FMD, Disease investigations, breeding SLDB, Ongoing Projects, Fisheries etc.
Scheme Incharge also informed the house about their initiatives, challenges and ongoing activities took up to fight against the current COVID-19 crisis.