Though the state animal husbandry department makes tall claim about dairy development, welfare of costly domestic animals and for improvement in the infrastructure of veterinary hospitals but these claims are not withstanding as a large number of veterinary hospitals and dispensaries still lacks basic facilities required for treatment of animals in district Moga.
The district has also a state level cattle market at Chrik village but several posts of veterinary doctors are vacant for last 10 years while more than 80 building of the veterinary hospitals and dispensaries are crumbling at the moment.
Interestingly, 7 veterinary hospitals are running without electricity and 28 hospitals have no drinking water for the staff as well as farmers. According to information, the state animal husbandry department was arranged 153 veterinary hospitals and dispensaries for 324 villages in this district. The department has created 39 posts of the veterinary doctors in the district but only 12 doctors are working so far.
Besides, there is 109 posts of the veterinary inspectors but 25 posts are vacant. There is a single post of senior veterinary doctor in the district but it is also empty from last many years. Many hospitals do not have veterinary doctors for the past 3 years, said residents of Rauke Kalan, Buttar Kalan, Khukhrana, Kili Chhlan, Daulatpura and Gajjanwala villages.
On the other hand, the state government has spent huge money on the construction of the some building but not even a single penny was spent for providing other basic facilities and necessary equipments. Civil animal dispensary runs at panchayat office at Lopo village in district Moga for last six years. The department was constructed a building for veterinary dispensary but due to lack of electricity the building has become 'ghost house'.
Nachhattart Singh of Rauke Kalan village told that he has 20 cows and beefalos and selling milk for last 15 years. "I have never seen veterinary doctor at our village dispensary which was constructed with donation money by the villagers in 1979. When our any cattle feel sick we go to the private doctor at Nihal Singh Wala, 15 km away," he said.
Two beefalos were died of Jagga Singh of Karyial village, on Sunday and 5 cattle were seriously sick. "I went to the dispensary but there was no basic facility for save my animals. We also requested to the officials of the animal husbandry department for sending sufficient staff but nobody listened our voice," said Jagga Singh.
Even though a doctor has been deployed to visit the hospital twice a week, he is not regular, said villagers of Butter Kalan. The boundary wall of the civil veterinary hospital of Ranian has lost. Harjinder Singh former Panch of Chakk Kannian village told that there is no veterinary dispensary in the nearby villages. "We go to the Dharamkot or Kishanpura Kalan for the treatment our cows," he said.
Deputy Director of animal husbandry department Dr PC Mittal, when contacted, said the department will be installing new machines and all basic facilities at all veterinary hospitals. "I took personal interest for starting electricity supply to the veterinary hospitals. We received sufficient funds for repairing the buildings as well as new doctors will join soon. Some new doctors have appointed at the Nihal Singh Wala, Khosa Pando and Chand Purana veterinary hospitals," said Mittal.
He further said that the department will also provide latest equipments and other material required for the treatment of the animals to the hospitals in the near future.