Review-cum-Coordination meeting of the Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Veterinary Services Department was held in the Conference Hall of Krishi Bhawan on 20th June 2022 under the chairpersonship of Dr. P. Senthil Kumar, Secretary AH &VS Department.
The Principal Director (AH&VS), Dr BM Chettri welcomed the Secretary, Directors, Senior and all officers of the Department to the meeting and requested active participation and interaction. The meeting was attended by the Secretary, AHVS, Pr. Directors, Director- Fisheries, Director-Animal Husbandry, Director-Vet Services, Addl Directors, JDs, Dy Secretary, DDs, Accounts Officers, Vet Officers and other officers of the Department including scheme In-charge and Departmental District Head of all Districts.
The meeting was convened to discuss the progress made by the various sections of the Department. All the District Head highlighted the major progress and issues and the members of the house deliberated on the same. District-wise and Scheme wise presentations were made in the meeting. The meeting discussed various issues on the implementation and ways and means to improve the functioning of the department were discussed and decided in the meeting for its implementation.
In the meeting, Secretary, AH&VS highlighted some of the findings during his recent field visits by him and requested the departmental officials to read thoroughly the guidelines of various schemes implemented by the Department including the Piggery incentive and Dairy incentive schemes of the Government for flawless implementation. The scheme guidelines on PPIS were discussed to clarify its provisions and its implementation. He also requested everyone to work sincerely and with dedication for the betterment of the farming community of the state. He urged the officers to work as a team to uplift the economic conditions of the farming community of Sikkim and at the same time maintain strict vigil on the threat of various emerging infectious and contagious diseases in the state.
Agenda-wise presentations were made by all the concerned District Head and Scheme In charge with various action points and inputs. Director-Fisheries Mr Jaswant made a presentation on the progress of implementation of fisheries sector schemes and the issues in the implementation and the meeting discussed at length all issues to suggested measures to expedite the implementation of the schemes and complete them at the earliest. During the course of the meeting, major decisions were taken and deliberated upon.
For the smooth transition of the new 2 Districts, the concerned District Head to arrange and finalize all the administrative setup. Restructuring of manpower if needed further to be taken up in close coordination with the administrative section of the Department. Further the Head Quarter Vet Hospitals of these 2 New Districts shall be notified as District Vet. Hospitals.
Infrastructure development particularly the construction work of Dispensaries/centers to be completed within the time frame set. The concerned officer shall ensure finance and planning concurrence, cabinet approvals and its implementation in time. The house appreciated the efforts of district officials on progress being made in regards to Development through Credit Linkage initiatives and decided that the KCC scheme to be enhanced as this has a huge scope for new livestock and fisheries development.
The meeting decided to restructure the existing departmental farms to downsize and retain the viable farms based on species-specific farms and to reorganize them as Conservation Farm, Breeding Farm and Demonstration Farm. A Technical Committee is to be constituted to study all the technical aspects of the farms and the committee should make recommendations to reorganize the farm to meet present-day needs and categorize them as Conservation Farm, Breeding Farm and Demonstration Farm and also to recommend measures for the management of the farms to the Government.
The Secretary conveyed that all Check Posts of the Department have to have required human resources and building infrastructure. As the significance of check posts is realized well in the management of transboundary animal contagious diseases during the recent porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome and African swine flu outbreak in the state. In this regard, the meeting decided to constitute a technical committee to study and recommend ways and means to achieve it. The secretary directed all the district heads to prepare estimates for check post building and proposal for HR and submit them to the committee.
Secretary Dr Senthil also directed the Administration section to prepare a list of Vet Officers, Fisheries Officers, and Paravet/Farm attendants looking at retirement in the coming 2 years in order to prepare the Department for professional backup to sustain its functioning for delivery of services to the public without interruptions in the days to come.
In the Fisheries sector functioning, the need for integrating the HR of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Services and Fisheries for smooth functioning and implementation of all programs of the department. To expedite the process, the meeting decided to constitute a committee consisting of PD-AHVS, Director, Fisheries, Director-AH, Director-Veterinary Services, Addl Dir-Fisheries, Dy Secretary-Admin and all District Heads to recommend the process of integration of HQ and District Heads and other wings of the department. To ease the integration, the meeting also resolved to propose the Government rename the department as Animal Husbandry, Fisheries Veterinary Services Department and to propose amended to the allocation of business rules accordingly.
The meeting was facilitated by the Addl Director, Quality Control and the vote of thanks was delivered by the Addl Director-AHVS.