Ranchi, Oct. 16: Scam-stung animal husbandry department seems to be on a mission to improve its image.
The department’s bosses have asked officials to regularly go for field visits besides initiating measures to fill up vacant posts through direct recruitment and promotions.
“It is true that our department is directly associated with the welfare of weaker sections of the society. Making the animal husbandry centres functional effectively can only be ensured through regular field visits. Clear-cut directions have already been issued to officials concerned,” principal secretary Aditya Swaroop told The Telegraph.
Soon after assuming charge, animal husbandry minister Mannan Mallick had also expressed strong reservations about the plight of different animal husbandry centres across the state. He had stressed on the need for field visits.
Now, Swaroop’s challenge is to thoroughly execute his minister’s orders.
The accountant-general too recently informed the state government that animal husbandry officials involved in monitoring dairy projects were neglecting mandatory field visits. Such lapses might also lead to financial irregularities. According to rules, joint regional directors ought to go for physical verification of dairy projects at least once in every six months.
However, the norm was not followed in Bokaro, Dhanbad, Dumka, East Singhbhum, Gumla, Latehar, Ranchi and Deoghar districts during 2007-12.
“I have not yet gone through the accountant-general’s report. But things will be put on the right track very soon. Dairy projects figures on our priority list,” Swaroop added.