Nearly two decades after the fodder scam, the government has announced that Horses and dogs will be brought under the ambit of the proposed plan to rear them in the animal husbandary department (AHD)’s farms for the police. Further, the plan would also include sale of horses and dogs in the open market.
Earlier in 1990’s more than 250 personnel of the AHD had siphoned of crores of rupees for breeding fictitious poultry animals and purchasing medicines and fodder for them. This move by the AHD comes even before the accused in the fodder scan including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra and Lalu Prasad Yadav have been brought to justice.
The plan, which starts with AHD setting up its first horse breeding farm in Saraikela near Kharsawan has Rs 60 Lakh to its credit in the current fiscal year out of the 3 crores earmarked for breeding dogs during 12th five year plan. After the horses are reared and brought up in the farm, they would be purchased for raising units of mounted forces who will be deployed in the Naxal infested areas.
This plan which proposes rearing of high breed dogs likeLabradorand German Shepherd will enable the AHD compete with private players who are presently meeting these demands for the army. In addition, the department is also gearing up to set up “Pet Clinics” in eight districts includingRanchiand Saraikela with a budget of Rs 1.6 crore for these clinics this year.