CM kick-starts vaccination drive for protection against LSD

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Governor CM Parvez Elahi

Parvez demands massive seat adjustment from PTI for merger

Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has launched a province-wide vaccination campaign to prevent the second possible wave of lumpy skin disease (LSD) and inspected the vaccination used in this drive.

Six million doses will be provided to livestock farmers at no cost and directly to their homes. The government has given 1.5 billion rupees for this effort, the chief minister noted and added that Punjab has procured the vaccine at a more economical cost compared to other provinces. With over 25 million cattle and 28.4 million buffaloes in the province, the chief minister highlighted the vital role livestock plays in the economy, contributing 14.1% to the national GDP and 63% to the agriculture sector, with 37% of village incomes generated from livestock.

He spoke that village farmers needed to be aware of the benefits of vaccination as viruses, including lumpy skin, cause illness in cattle.

The Livestock and Dairy Development Department is providing 200 million doses of vaccines for various diseases free of charge across Punjab, he added. It has done the best planning along with introducing the mobile app ADS info for effective control of the disease. Vaccination has been started with the available resources; he said and congratulated the Livestock and Dairy Development Department for its efforts. I expect that the field teams will use their capabilities to overcome this disease, he concluded.

Also present were Sardar Shahabuddin, Sardar Asif Nikai, Hafiz Ammar Yasir, Principal Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti, former principal secretary GM Sikandar, secretary livestock, secretary information and others.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), has demanded seat adjustments in Gujrat, Chakwal, and Gujranwala divisions from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the upcoming general elections.

According to sources, the PML-Q has expressed interest in forming an alliance with the PTI, but only on the condition of seat adjustments.

The Punjab CM has also requested a written agreement over the seat adjustment with PTI leader Imran Khan.

However, senior leaders within the PTI have opposed Elahi’s demands for half of the seats in the mentioned divisions.

Elahi has stated that without any significant political benefit, the PML-Q will not unite with the PTI. “