Shortcomings of vety dept discussedIMPHAL | Feb 12 : The deteriorating condition of department of animal husbandry and veterinary, one of the most important departments of the state in terms of job creation and income generation, has been highlighted in budget discussion of the assembly today.
Opposition Congress MLA Th. Lokeshor said there is lack of proper policy of the department to look after the functioning of veterinary districts hospitals and dispensaries both in hill and valley areas.
MLA K. Meghachandra Singh also shared that veterinary department has been paralysed to some extent and complained that Charangpat, Wangkem dispensaries are not operating effectively. He also urged to look into the matter so that import of meat in the state might be reduced.
MLA Surjakumar Okram also forwarded a suggestion of chick import reduction in state from the neighbouring states by speeding up the policy poultry farm at Ningthoukhong which was already started.
Animal husbandry and veterinary minister V Hangkhalian in reply assured of improving the condition of department. He also said despite its less budget allotment, most of the suggestion furnished will be made to perform.
Relating to community and rural development, Lokeshwar, Meghachandra also moved a policy cut saying that road which is being constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) does not maintain quality.
Improper implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNRGS) works by the department is also forwarded by Opposition Congress MLAs Meghachandra, Lokeshwar and Surjakumar.
Minister of rural development and panchayati raj Thongam Bishwajit clarified that project under the PMGSY is mandatory to maintain quality otherwise fund wouldn’t be release. And moreover road constructions are undertaking very seriously. 6.5 Km stretch of road per day is being constructed, he added.
Underscoring the problem of MGNRGS, he said, on the basis of last three year performance, fund for MGNRGS is being released. But unfortunately the state didn’t perform it well and as a result of it the amount of fund has been reduced. However the present government is working very hard in improving the cost of the fund, he added.
In order to make the scheme more transparent and receive its benefit to deserved person, the fund will be released through direct benefit transfer mode from the month of April 2017, said the minister.
Issues were also raised on proper implementation of schemes related to welfare of minorities and other backward classes and scheduled castes by strengthening the concerned department.
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