Gandhinagar, 29 May 2020
Gujarat has now been privatized to treat animals. Which is being opposed by veterinarians. 450 veterinarians working on contract in Gujarat say that like 108 ambulances, the government has now given private contracts to treat animals. It is happening all over the state. Vijay Rupani, the Chief Minister of 1962-Karuna Animal Ambulance in the state from October-2017, had implemented the metaphor of compassion under the pretext of treating mute animals.
At present animal health services are provided for veterinary health in 6 districts of Gujarat through Veterinary Polyclinics, Veterinary Dispensaries, Mobile Veterinary Dispensaries and Primary Veterinary Treatment Centers. Now, just like the ‘108’ service, the animals and birds of the state are being treated in accident-emergency through public participation through GVK-EMRI. Opposition to which is happening all over Gujarat.
Happy to have Launched 108 mobile app- a bid to help save a time taken for the ambulance to reach at place of accident with help of location accuracy tools. Along with it launched boat ambulance and 125 new 108 ambulance van at GVK-EMRI centre, Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/wYQSceLohj
— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) May 23, 2018
On October 2018, the year 1962 marked the one year anniversary, with 37,672 emergency calls received by Karuna Animal Ambulance from across the state throughout the year. Of these, 25,564 calls were received by 37 Karuna Ambulances as on October 31, 2018. The remaining 12,000 people could not get service.
As per September 2018, 43 per cent vacancies of Veterinary Officer Class-II published by Gujarat Public Service Commission were vacant and after 10 years, the government had announced to fill 280 seats in July. As it was announced that only 40 doctors would be recruited on August 15, the students opposed the government’s policy and filed an application with the Anand District Collector.
In Gujarat State, 43% of the posts of Veterinary Officer are 1151 vacancies. There should be one veterinary clinic for every 5000 animals. Against which there is one veterinary hospital for 27 thousand animals in Gujarat.
5,000 veterinarians with B.V.Sc. A.H. degrees are disappointed. Despite Gujarat being an agriculture and animal husbandry based state, the BJP-led government has cut 85 per cent of jobs in the recruitment of veterinary officers, which doctors say is shocking for animal husbandry.
Anand district where the largest dairy is located has 7.50 lakh livestock. There are only 12 doctors in 20 veterinary hospitals.
The service of 108 was started by the BJP’s capitalist government in Gujarat on August 29, 2007 for emergencies. Ten years later, under the pretext of treating livestock, “Karuna Animal Ambulance-1962” was started and it was also applied to lactating animals through the back door. Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara District and Municipal Corporation and Mehsana, Palanpur, Bhavnagar made a total of 11 Karuna Animal Ambulance-1962 service available from 2017.
For more information, contact Rajivbhai Solanki and Rashmin Patel at 9099637986.