Mumbai, Sep 12 (UNI) In the wake of outbreak of lumpy skin disease among cattle in the state, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Nana Patole on Monday asked the state government to devise a plan to curb the spread immediately and demanded to provide immediate financial assistance to the farmers whose cattle have died due to the infection.
Speaking in this regard, he said that animals in some parts of the state are suffering from lumpy disease.
In order to prevent the spread of this disease, timely treatment and immediate decision should be taken to control the disease, he pointed.
The state government should call for the required stock of Lumpy Provac IND vaccines from ICMR, he demanded and asked the state government to purchase medicines required to treat animals as soon as they are infected with lumpy from the central government or from the open market.
“If the lumpy disease is not controlled in time, the livestock of the state will be hit hard and the farmers will also suffer,” the Congress chief noted.
Considering the future threat, he said the government should look into this but the (Eknath) Shinde-(Devendra) Fadnavis government in the state is busy with Ganeshotsav and still seems to be whiling away time in accepting bouquets and gifts, he said in a jibe.
The government should take immediate steps to save livestock from lumpy disease, he demanded.
Targeting the government, Patole said that despite farmers having suffered losses due to recent heavy rains, the state government could not provide substantial financial assistance to them.
From this, it is evident that the BJP-led government in the state is anti-farmer, he remarked and demanded that it should save livestock, dairy and farmers from the new crisis of lumpy disease.
Expressing shock over news of distribution of money to gather crowd at Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s meeting in Paithan and the passing of an order to Anganwadi workers, helpers and supervisors to attend this meeting, the MPCC chief noted that this type of situation is serious and demanded that an inquiry should be made as to who is behind issuing such a written order for the Chief Minister’s meeting.
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