Pardeep Singh Bali
Even when over 80 animals perished and more than 216 got wounded in the prevailing border skirmishes, the officials at concerned department claims that lack of funds caused delay in its response rate.
Meanwhile, for the first time the department of Animal Husbandry has decided to compensate the victims. Moreover, the department has also sounded high alert in all the five affected districts of the region. Official at Animal Husbandry, wishing anonymity said that due to unavailability of funds they could not response to the prevailing situation.
“The department did not have sufficient funds to meet the circumstances, due to which response rate was slow and delayed,” official said and added that now government has released enough money to take care of wounded animals.
Talking to Newspoint- Dr. S K Abrol Director Animal Husbandry Jammu said that they have already dispatched special teams at different points to take care of wounded animals.
“We are reaching every point of the border areas, wherein animal injury is reported. We have also setup special camps for the animals across the five border affected districts, including, Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri,” said Dr Abrol, adding adequate medicine and staff has been placed at various camps for the treatment of animals.
He, however said that they can access only those border areas, wherein army allows them.
Admitting that the department was short of funds, Director said that the matter was discussed with the government in this regard.
“We were falling short of funds, but the divisional commissioner released adequate funds for the treatment of animals in border areas. The amount is handed over to the deputy commissioner,” said Dr Abrol, adding that department has sent teams to all the prime locations to look after the wounded animals.
He further said that animals, who had fractures have been shifted to SKUAST Jammu, wherein battery of doctors are treating them.
“We had over 50 percent casualties on the first day only and most of the animals perished due to splinter injuries,” he said and added the animals who had injuries were shifted to safer camps.
Dr SK Abrol also maintained that for the first time the department of animal husbandry has decided to compensate the victims, who had lost their animals.
“Concerned minister and staff members of the department had a thorough visit of the border areas and it was decided that the residents who have lost their animals in this firing will be compensated,” Director said and added Rs 15 lakh has been released for the compensation.
It is pertinent to mention here that huge losses have been assessed by the government during past over ten days, wherein Pakistan continues intermitted shelling and firing.