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Animal husbandry department scam? Outdated medicines, injections purchased in Guj

Updated: Feb 12th, 2024

Image: IANS

Despite lofty promises and allocation of funds worth crores by the Gujarat government for the free treatment of stray animals, a troubling reality has reared its head.

Reports suggest that the treatment these animals go through in the state put their lives on stake, as outdated medical supplies are being utilised.

As per the audit of the account general, a scam has been reported in the purchase of medical supplies and equipment for the voiceless animals.

The department of animal husbandry provides free veterinary services across various districts of the state. But the veterinary doctors and officers have allegedly purchased outdated medical supplies or only 50% of the supplies from the agencies.

Outdated drugs and injections have been found in veterinary hospitals in Gujarat and it was also seen that the dates have also been tampered with, as per the audits. Despite that, the invoices were paid to the suppliers.

The government of Gujarat has allotted crores of funds to different cities in order to give indoor treatment to animals and has acquired machinery including sonography machines, X-ray machines, etc.

Despite the allocation of facilities, most of the veterinary doctors in the cities refuse to admit animals in need of medical attention. As a result, pet owners and animal activists are forced to admit them into private hospitals.

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