PANAJI: Four veterinary hospitals will be erected in the state, according to Minister of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Nilkanth Halarnkar, to provide better medical care for animals.
The minister stated that three ambulances for the service of stray animals will be acquired shortly and will be stationed in North Goa, South Goa, and at a central location in response to discussion on demands of the animal husbandry department in the state legislative assembly.
He revealed that only 35 village panchayats have signed memorandums of understanding (MoU) as part of the Goa stray cattle management scheme, which is intended to ensure that stray cattle are removed from public spaces without causing them harm and transported safely to a location where they will be fed appropriately and cared for humanely.
Three councils still need to sign the MoU, he added, adding that so far 10 local councils have done so.
There are seven goushalas in the state, and the government helps them financially. Additionally, he added, veterinary professionals are accessible 24/7 for the animals kept in them.
In regards to fisheries, he claimed that the government offers assistance as part of the Prime Minister Matsya Sampada scheme for engaging in self-employment in the industry.
The minister added that he will discuss the issue of eliminating the VAT on fuel for fishing trawlers and raising subsidies for traditional trawler owners before making a decision.
He added that 5,700 industrial personnel have received safety training from the factories and boilers department to yet.