VELLORE: As many as 936 goats were given to 234 beneficiaries in Polur and Arani under the free distribution of cow, goat and sheep scheme here recently. People are happy about the scheme.
A Aaravali, a local resident, said, “My husband Arunachalam and I are daily wage labourers, we couldn’t do much with the mere earning. When we heard of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s free goat distribution scheme, we registered for it and got the free goats. We are now leading a better life. Veterinary doctors are visiting the village monthly and our goats are receiving free health check-up.”
Another resident P Vijaya said, “My husband is also a daily wage labourer and we live in poverty. The government gave us a cow for free and we are taking good care of it. Veterinary doctors give us free advice on how to take care of the cow. Now my cow gives 7 to 8 liters of milk per day. These kinds of schemes have to be implemented for the welfare of the lower middleclass families.”
The Animal Husbandry division joint director Dr Selvaraj said, “In the last three years, the government has given free cows to 2,100 beneficiaries at a cost of `7.14 crore and free goats to 20,271 beneficiaries at the cost of ` 25 crore in Tiruvanammalai. There are about 115 medical shops and we have enough stock of medicines.”
Healthcare for dogs
A healthcare centre for stray dogs was opened in a renovated building near Muthumandapam on Friday.
The building, renovated at a cost of `13 lakh, houses an operation theatre with new equipment and medicines worth `3 lakh.
Mayor P Karthiyayini inaugurated the building. Veterinary doctors were present on the occasion.
A van used for transporting stray dogs and having equipment worth `7 lakh was funded by by the Corporation for the Animal Husbandry Department.
Under the Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme, the doctors operated upon a stray dog in the newly inaugurated operation theatre. After surgery, the dogs would be kept in the centre for three days and they would be released in the respective areas from where they were caught.
City Health Officer Dr Vasanth Dhivakar said, “We have planned to catch around 25 stray dogs per week to operate upon. After the surgery, our sanitary workers will look after them.”