Udhampur (J&K) : A Veterinary Aid and Rural Development Camps was organized by Army’s Advance Field Veterinary Hospital on behalf of 71 Sub Area under the aegis OP SADBHAVNA at village Hartyan, in district Udhampur. In addition to providing treatment, animal husbandry advice and specialist veterinary cover with an aim at providing farmers and ex-serviceman of that region a single window of opportunity to interact with Army agencies like Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Services (ECHS), Ex-Servicemen (ESM) help line, Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) etc in addition to all civil administration officials involved in rural development.
The Veterinary Aid and Rural Development Camp was organized in collaboration with Civil District Animal Husbandry & Sheep Husbandry authorities and specialist teams from the Faculty of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, SKUAST, RS Pura, Jammu. Specialist diagnostic and treatment facilities was provided free of cost to the sick animals of the villagers. Veterinary medicines were issued free of cost. The stalls established by Directorate General Resettlement, Ex-serviceman’s Contributory Health Scheme, Zilla Sainik Welfare board, Civil Departments of Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture, Horticulture, Floriculture, Fisheries, Social Forestry, and other Rural Developmental agencies. The J&K Bank and State Bank of India also participated in the camp. All these agencies exhibited the various schemes of their departments and distribution of free animal feed packets.
A record number of 9740 livestock including cows/buffaloes/ goats/ sheep/horses/mules/camels and dogs were treated/rendered professional advice in the camp by the Army and Civil veterinarians present.