Telangana government launched ‘1962’ mobile veterinary hospital meant for providing medical aid to animals of Gaushalas under the GHMC area. Minister for Animal Husbandry Talasani Srinivas Yadav, who flagged off kickstarting the mobile services, also inaugurated the State office building of the Animal Welfare Board at the Animal Husbandry Directorate office near Masab Tank.
Speaking at the inaugural, Srinivas Yadav said that the decision to launch a mobile veterinary hospital for the sheltered animals was mooted during a meeting of the Animal Welfare Board. “There are 43 Gaushals under GHMC. The shelter organisers can call ‘1962’ to use this facility,” the Minister said. He said that the board will review the progress on animal protection on quarterly basis.
“The State government is supplying vaccines and medicines at free of cost,” he said. He announced that the free Food and Mouth (Galikuntu) vaccination for buffaloes would begin from 1 February. He also unveiled posters and propaganda material for the free vaccination camps. Enlisting the steps taken by the Telangana Government for the development dairy industry in the State, he said that so far 65,000 milch animals had been distributed to farmers on subsidy in the State.
The Minister said sheep and fishlings were also distributed to the beneficiaries in fishing community. Vijaya Dairy will supply dairy products at the Sammakka Sarakka Jatara through 20 sales points, said the Minister, who also inaugurated 95th Parlour of Vijaya Dairy in Vijayanagar colony. “We have plans to start 150 Vijaya Milk parlours in the limits of the GHMC. We have, so far, opened 95 and the remaining will be opened soon,” he said, adding that the government had increased the number of milk parlours in the State from 143 to 300 during 2018-19.
“We have decided to take the products to the doorsteps of the people. Milk booths were started in colonies and even near the famous temples in the State for the use of pilgrims,” he said, stating that the government also decided to increase the capacity of the Dairy plant at Lalapet from 5 lakh tons to 8 lakh tons.
Animal Husbandry secretary Sandeep Kumar Sultania, Dairy MD Srinivas Rao Director Lakshma Reddy, Commissioner Fisheries Suvarna and others also participated in these programmes.