Lack of veterinary doctors: Lakshadweep administration remains aloof despite HC order

CM Vinod Kumar

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Kozhikode: Lakshadweep administration apparently remains silent over the demand to deploy more veterinary doctors in the archipelago in spite of the Kerala High Court order. At present, the 10 islands in the archipelago only have two doctors. Only the capital of the union territory, Kavarthi, has availability of doctors.

There are less number of veterinary doctors as the administration sacked those who were appointed on contract basis last November. In lieu of that, administration deployed para-veterinary staff, which veterinary experts refer as ‘injustice towards humble beings’.

They also pointed out that the administration is reluctant to intervene in a proactive manner, at a time when Animal Welfare Board of India demand that veterinary doctors should be available 24/7.

A public interest litigation was filed over the matter and the court on March 31 directed the administration to deploy veterinary doctors in all islands. However, the administration assigned the responsibility of all islands to the two doctors in the capital.

Due to geographical constraints, it is impossible for the doctor to reach the locations promptly. Exasperated over the matter, the locals are planning to file a contempt of court case against the administration.

According to MP Mohammed Faizal PP, many islanders are earning livelihood from activities like poultry and cattle rearing and administration’s indifferent attitude is putting them in distress.

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