Under credit granted by NABARD
Construction of new buildings for six new veterinary dispensaries is under way in Karur district at a cost of Rs.1.59 crore, Transport Minister V.Senthil Balaji said at Manalmedu near here on Sunday.
Declaring open a new veterinary dispensary constructed at a cost of Rs.26.66 lakh, Mr. Balaji stated that the dispensaries were coming up at Andipattikottai, Manalmedu, Kosur, Panikkampatti, Kadavur, and Kavalkaranpatti. While Andipattikottai was opened last month, Manalmedu was being declared open on Sunday. The rest would soon be opened, he said. The Manalmedu dispensary would cater to an estimated 8,617 heads of cattle in the neighbourhood.
The six dispensaries were being constructed under the credit granted by NABARD under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund for the current year.
The State government has sanctioned a sum of Rs.81 lakh for improving the infrastructure of the veterinary centres in Karur district during the current year. Besides, under the National Agricultural Development Plan, a sum of Rs.45 lakh has been sanctioned for construction of veterinary clinics at Sengal, Seethapatti and Nerur Vadapagam villages and work on them would commence soon.
Under the State government’s free sheep and goats scheme, so far 2,238 beneficiaries in 30 panchayats have been given 8,952 animals with each beneficiary getting four animals as a unit, Mr.Senthil Balaji observed.
District Collector S.Jayandhi, Krishnarayapuram MLA S.Kamaraj, District Revenue Officer T.Christhuraj, Karur RDO Nellai Vendhan, Regional Joint Director of Animal Husbandry S.Sivaprakasam, District Panchayat Chairperson Geetha Manivannan and others participated.