The state government has approved Rs 8.15 crore for three district-level veterinary polyclinics. Divulging details, animal husbandry minister Gulzar Singh Ranike said the state government will construct three state-of-the-art district level veterinary polyclinics at Barnala, Fazilka (Arniwal Sheikh Subhan) and Pathankot to facilitate cattle rearers.
He said the cost of the polyclinics at Barnala, Fazilka and Pathankot would be Rs 2.69 crore, Rs 2.82 crore and Rs 2.64 crore respectively. Ranike said Rs 1.35 crore (Rs 45 lakh for each veterinary polyclinic) had also been approved to purchase modern equipments.
The minister said the government had constructed 19 veterinary hospitals and 9 veterinary polyclinics in the past five years.
“According to the 2007 livestock census, Punjab has 67.64 lakh milch cattle, including 17.61 lakh buffalos and 50.03 lakh cows,” he said.
“Dairy owners are also engaged in rearing sheep, goats and pigs, poultry and turkey, and 1,270 veterinary hospitals and 1,485 veterinary dispensaries are working round the clock to facilitate them,” added the minister.