Monday, November 28, 2022

Rupala flags off Mobile Veterinary Units


Union minister of fisheries, animal husbandry & dairying, Purshottam Rupala, accompanied by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio, flagged off Mobile Veterinary Units (MVU) for all districts at Nagaland Civil Secretariat here on Friday.
In his brief remark prior to the flag off, Rupala said that the day was auspicious for both the State and the Country. He observed that the MVU, an initiative of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the welfare of the people and livestock, was one of the biggest gifts to the nation post-independence.
“I feel that with the launch of these MVUs, PM’s empathetic feeling towards the country and its residents would reach even the borders of the nation,” Rupala said. He asserted that the initiative had reached even the farthest parts of the country and was painting the picture of a new India.
Lauding the chief minister for ensuring one MVU for each district of the state, Rupala said until now no such facilities were available to the people and therefore this was a big step towards the welfare of the people and their livestock.
Pointing out that the biggest problem faced by the people in Nagaland was transportation, Rupala said that in such an environment, neither the livestock in need for aid could be reached nor the veterinarians reach could out to them owing to mobility issues.
For a long time, the minister said he has been propagating the need to start artificial insemination across the country. However, he said it was not feasible given the hilly terrain in Nagaland.
“I would like to greet PM Modi from the soils of Nagaland and also thank him for the initiative,” Rupala said.
He urged those people, who would be involved with the newly launched facilities, to make the best use of it and in turn help the growth of a healthier and more productive state with self-sufficiency in meat, eggs, poultry and fish produces. He also wished the best to the state in this initiative.
Later, in a short speech, the chief minister Neiphiu Rio said it was a privilege for the state to have been visited by the minister.
He said the newly launched MVUs would make the job of veterinarians very easy and through the initiative, the PM’s vision for not just the people but even for livestock would be achieved.
He said MVUs would now be able to reach out to all the districts. Rio therefore urged the department to make the best use of the facilities.
The chief minister thanked the ministry and also the union minister for having thoughts even for the most backward, difficult and inaccessible terraneous part of the country.
He pointed out that 70% of the state’s population was dependant on agricultural and since there was not enough production the state had to import beef, pork, fish and other farm products.
Since the State was not equipped with the mechanism to check the quality and health of the livestock that were brought into the state, he requested the union minister to provide the requirements.
He also informed the union minister that the State was in dire need of teaching faculty for its only veterinary College, which was not functioning.
Since the state did not have qualified professors and teaching staff, Rio said the students, who registered at the college, had to send away to study at Aizawl Veterinary College.
Earlier chief secretary, J Alam, in a short remark, expressed happiness over the visit by the union minister. He also hoped that the newly launched MVUs will be of great help to the people and it would be used in its intended way.
Earlier, welcome address was delivered by Agricultural Products Commissioner (APC) Nagaland, Y Kikheto Sema. Later, after the flag off, the Union Minister left for Kiphire aspirational district.

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