By TC News Desk
Agartala, August 30, 2022: Animal Resource Development minister Bhagaban Chandra Das on Tuesday inaugurated the newly constructed two-storied building of Veterinary Hospital at Anandanagar. The construction of this building was started in 2018 under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and it was built at a total cost of Rs 62 lakh 8 thousand. As a result, a large number of livestock keepers in Anandnagar, Srinagar, Malayanagar gram panchayats and surrounding areas will be benefitted.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, ARD minister Das said Animal Husbandry is a trend among people in rural areas of the state and through this, it is possible to achieve economic self-sufficiency of people in a very short period of time. However, the state has not yet become self-sufficient in milk, egg and meat production because during the previous government, proper steps were not taken to develop the rural economy through animal husbandry.
He said, “Almost every household in the rural areas of our state keeps ducks, chickens, cows, pigs etc. as a source of additional income. By utilizing this mentality of the people of the state through proper planning and arrangements, the state could have been made self-sufficient in the production of various animal feeds long ago. Therefore, the government is taking advantage of this mentality of people and taking small and timely plans in animal husbandry.
Referring to the self-employed Swapan Debnath at Charilam, minister said that he started an egg production firm with a loan of about Rs 2 crore. Currently 70 thousand eggs are being produced from his farm every day. It is an example of self-reliance.
In the inaugural function, Emergency Services minister Ramprasad Paul said that the state government has taken various plans to develop the rural economy of the state through animal husbandry. Advanced infrastructure is being developed. As a result, more animal husbandry is being encouraged in the state.
On the occasion, Additional Director of ARD department Bimal Kumar Das said that 10 animal hospitals and dispensaries have been constructed and 22 sub-centres have been renovated in the last two years. Construction of two more hospitals and renovation of 5 sub-centres are in progress. He also said that 15 thousand families have benefited so far in the state through the department of Chief Minister’s Svanirbhar Parivar Yojana. The success rate of CM Godhan scheme is 90 percent. In this project, 47 people have already been trained as dose tapers for three months. They have been given assistance of Rs 40 thousand for various materials. The department will launch 13 mobile veterinary vans to provide faster animal treatment services after Durga Puja.
Dukli Panchayat Samiti Chairman Ajay Kumar Das along with Pradhans and Upa-Pradhans of various neighbouring gram panchayats were present on the occasion.