First Livestock Policy on the cards, claims CM Says a comprehensive strategy devised to resolve public problems

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Amraiz Khan

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Punjab Chief Minister (CM)Usman Buzdar on Tuesday said that the first livestock policy of the province has been prepared which would be presented before the provincial cabinet for final approval.

This he stated while chairing a meeting held to review the performance of Livestock and Dairy Development Department and its future programs.

CM Punjab said the policy would ensure sustainable development of the livestock and dairy sector in the province. The meeting also decided to set up a ‘Punjab Veterinary Healthcare Commission’ to check the Veterinary clinics.

CM Usman Buzdar said house jobs for veterinary doctors would also be started. Earlier, the chief minister had said that the tremendous potential of the livestock sector exists in the province of Punjab and the national economy can be strengthened by developing this sector on permanent basis.

However, there is a strong need to give attention to the aspect of research and development in the livestock sector, he had added. He said that Punjab’s livestock sector will get new identity through this international event and the government will re-strengthen it by benefiting from the international experiences and technology.

The CM directed to collect authentic livestock data for perfect planning and disclosed that Punjab Veterinary Healthcare Commission will be established to monitor veterinary clinics. He directed to revive the departmental helpline 9211 for livestock forms adding that livestock sector’s development will strengthen the whole economy.

The chief minister also gave in-principle approval to upgrade veterinary hospitals in Okara, Mianwali, Attock, Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan, Rajanpur and Rahim Yar Khan to provide house jobs to the DVMs. Meanwhile, a model dairy farm will also be established in DG Khan, he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has sought a report from Director General (DG) Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) about an incident of placing a statue in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park.

While directing to hold an investigation, the chief minister directed that responsible persons be identified through an inquiry and action be initiated.

Meanwhile, different parliamentarians including Federal Minister Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan, Sahibzada Amir Sultan MNA and MPAs including Rana Shahbaz Ahmed, Mian Muhammad Asif, Raja Yawar Kamal Khan, Nazir Ahmed Chohan, Muhammad Ameen Zulqarnain, Muhammad Raza Hussain Bukhari and Saeed Ahmed held meetings with Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to apprise him about the problems of their constituencies. The CM issued instructions and dilated upon proposals to early resolve the problems relating to the general public.

Talking on the occasion, the CM said a comprehensive strategy has been devised to solve the constituencies’ problems and added that development schemes will be implemented with consultations.