Efforts afoot to promote animal, sheep sectors as viable economic avenues: Samoon

Efforts afoot to promote animal, sheep sectors as viable economic avenues: Samoon
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‘400 VAS posts to be filled under Rehbar-e-Pashu Palan’

SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Asgar Hassan Samoon on Tuesday said that efforts were afoot to promote sheep, animal and fisheries sectors in the state.
He said that establishment of veterinary university and hospitals at easily accessible areas, development of old infrastructure, horse race ground and polo ground were under “active” consideration of the government. He said that these initiatives would help to further promote animal and sheep husbandry sectors in the state, an official handout read.
Samoon was interacting with veterinary assistant surgeons of animal, sheep husbandry departments, J&K Veterinary Doctors Association and officers of allied departments in a meeting held here.
He directed the officers to work with utmost dedication and in close coordination for the better development of the department and welfare of the farmers. He also stressed for providing good quality and high breed livestock to the farmers.
He also said that unemployment was a big challenge in the state and asked the concerned to aware the youth about the schemes and benefits of rearing of livestock “so that they can earn their livelihood”, the handout read.
He said “presently there are 1200 unemployed veterinary assistant surgeons (VAS), out of which more than 400 will be recruited very soon under Rehbar-e-Pashu Palan scheme”.
During the meeting, the VAS put forth their various demands including promotion in all cadres, filling up of all officer posts, up gradation of poor and outdated infrastructure, re-organisation of department and change of nomenclature of different cadres.
Other issues including incentivisation of services on farms, labs and veterinary hospitals, NPA to doctors, cadre review, election to state veterinary council, issuance of substandard drugs, inspection, quality check and rate fixation of milk, mutton and poultry by AH department, creation of veterinary university in the state and saving departmental assets were also raised.
Samoon assured them of looking into their genuine demands.