SRINAGAR: To review the progress of various ongoing developmental works under Animal, Sheep Husbandry (ASH) and Fisheries Departments, Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli convened a meeting here on Thursday, an official press note read.
The minister asked the officers to identify land at Srinagar city outskirts for setting up of veterinary hospital and also directed them to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) in this regard. He also asked the fisheries department to prepare a DPR for establishment of aquarium at Botanical Garden Srinagar.
Establishment of fish market was also discussed in detail and the minister directed the concerned to identify the suitable site for the purpose. He said an amount of Rs 24 lakh has already been sanctioned for the same.
During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on allocation of funds under RKVY (Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana). It was said that a DPR regarding Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries (AHDF) under RKVY has been prepared and forwarded to the centre for approval.
According to the press note, there are 16 poultry units presently registered with the department that are importing chickens to the state. Discussions were held on State Poultry Policy and the minister directed the concerned to work on the project and formulate a comprehensive policy in that regard at an earliest.
Kohli said the proposed policy will help to promote poultry industries and create opportunities for generating employment to the educated unemployed youth of the state.
“Take up the matter with the engineering wing of JK Horticulture Planning and Marketing (HPMC), to redouble their efforts and pace up work on all hospital buildings and complete them in a stipulated time frame,” the minister directed the concerned departments while taking stock of ongoing construction of veterinary hospital buildings.
He also asked them to work in unison and ensure to utilise the available funds in full and judiciously. 229 hospital buildings with an estimated cost of Rs 28.87 crore were sanctioned for which work on 135 buildings is apace, the note further read.
He also asked the officers to keep a proper check on livestock at all entry points so that their quality is ensured. He impressed upon them to work with added zeal and dedication so that the set targets were achieved in full.