Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, he said “Veterinary colleges were started at Hassan and Shimoga in addition to Bangalore and Bidar. However, the number of students who are pursuing their course is only 180. There is shortage of 972 veterinary doctors in our department.”
To a query on any proposal for the closure of veterinary hospitals in the State, the Minister said that there was no such proposal before the government. The recruitment of 487 veterinary doctors are under progress, he added.
As many as 300 Veterinary Inspectors will also be appointed. Finance department had given its nod for the recruitment of 642 Veterinary Assistants. The recruitment process will commence soon, he added.
“We are not opposed to selling of cattle for agriculture and dairy purpose. The department will issue a certificate for such sale. However, cow slaughter will be banned. Ban on cow slaughter was announced in the election manifesto by the BJP,” the Minister said.
In fact, Muslim leaders are welcoming the government’s move. The government was ready for a lengthy discussion before getting approval in the Council. However, the opposition created chaos in the Assembly, he added.