Pashu Chikitsak Mahasangh Meeting and its participation in the 7th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference at Bangalore from Mar 3-7, 2019
A meeting of the Pashu Chikitsak Mahasangh (PCM) executives was held at KVC Bangalore on Mar 4, 2019 under chairmanship of the President PCM, Dr Chirantan Kadian. The meeting was attended by officers from most states of India.
At the outset, a great sense of satisfaction and gratitude was expressed to the President PCM for his untiring efforts to help fellow veterinarians across the Nation at the time of need. Dr Chirantan’s efforts to get the combined vaccine for HS & FMD introduced were greatly lauded because it was going not only to save time and energy for vets and the para vet staff but also causing 50% lesser pain to the precious livestock thereby increasing their productivity. Ultimately, farmer was the one to be benefitted by the whole process. It was hoped that the scheme will be extended to other states also very soon.
Various issues related to veterinarians across the country were discussed at large. It was observed that in some of the states posts of veterinarians were lying vacant in huge numbers since long causing heavy burden on shoulders of the working vets. Lack of NPA and shortage of the supporting staff were two important issues for several of the other states. Treatment exercised by the unqualified personnel trained for the purpose of AI from NGOs like JK Trust, BAIF, PFA, Friendcoes and also those appointed by the State Livestock Development Boards was considered an important cause of concern because such people were not only playing with lives of the precious livestock but also maligning the profession otherwise since the innocent farmers were not able to differentiate between a veterinarian and a quack. It was also discussed that the Krishi Vikas Kendras run by the State University Faculty should instead be run by the field staff of respective disciplines because the University faculty hardly visits the farmers’ places whereas the field vets work all the time with the farmers. Hence, there is a better communication, cooperation, understanding and knowledge with the field vets to solve their problems. The issue of supply of sub-standard medicines in some of the veterinary hospitals was also raised by some of the participating members.
One of the dire need experienced was of finding ways to make Veterinary Council of India, a functional entity. In the absence of a controlling body like VCI, essential to ensure standards of veterinary education throughout India, the future of the profession was considered in jeopardy. President PCM apprised that because of not so good intentions of some of its selected members, the VCI had been dragged into courts rendering it worthless so much so that for the past many years, even the college admissions has been abandoned by the body, not to think of any checks on quality of the education. It was decided that PCM will take every initiative possible to revitalize the premium body.
One of the other most important topic discussed was that of revival of the Indian Veterinary Association (IVA). Once upon a time, IVA remained a highly revered and strong organization looking after interests and welfare of all veterinarians of the country. However, because of some vested interests of few of the IVA sleuths, the organization went into an oblivion since mid of the 1990es. Since then, neither any need for a general body meeting was considered nor for fresh elections, not to think of giving an account of the funds available with the supreme body. Those in the Executive posts of the IVA are still sticking to their positions constantly for the past more than 25 years inspite of the fact that many of them are now past 85 years of age. PCM has tried time and again to plead and persuade these dons to call general body meeting and conduct fresh elections to give way to the young blood to act and achieve. But to no avail. Therefore, at initiatives of the Tamil Nadu vets, an adhoc body of the IVA was constituted to convene a General Body Meeting of IVA shortly to revive and revitalize the IVA in a fair and democratic manner.
Apart from its meeting, since PCM was one of the co-sponsors of the 7th PCVC, it was a great opportunity for the participating members to meet and interact with a number of the top brass of profession from all over the Globe. Dr SM Johnson Chiang, President, World Veterinary Association; Dr Mark Schipp, President, OIE; Dr Peter Thornbur, President Commonwealth Veterinary Association, Dr Abdul Rehman, past President, Commonwealth Veterinary Association were a few to name from a long list of the foreign delegates whose response to the PCM was highly respectful and receptive.
Dr SN Yalagod, President Karnataka Veterinary Association and his complete team attracted highest appreciations and gratitude from all the participating states for their exquisite stay arrangements for them.
7th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference on 03.03.2019
Haryana becomes the first state to undertake FMD+HS combined vaccination
PCM demands implementation of combined FMD vaccine throughout the Nation
PCM also demanded the establishment of a separate Indian Council for Veterinary Research (ICVR) which is presently working under Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR). As per the PCM, establishment of a separate council will facilitate the research in the Veterinary Science and the Animal Husbandry at large. Some members also put forward the suggestion that there should be a separate ministry for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary sciences.
Dr Kadian raised the issue of poor functioning of the Veterinary Council of India (VCI) and the urgent need for revamp of the same as a near non functional VCI is hurting the interests of Vets at the national level. PCM President also requested the Minister to include members of PCM in the important committees whenever they are formed to formulate National policies pertaining to Animal Husbandry and Veterinary services since PCM is the only vibrant body of the Vets of the India at the moment.
Minister Krishna Raj had given a patient hearing to the demands raised by delegates of PCM and thanked Dr Chirantan Kadian for bringing out the concerns of the Vets which are of National importance. She also lauded the efforts of Dr Chirantan Kadian for leading the PCM with purpose and fervour.
Meeting on effect of vaccination on Disease Control
A great success for PCM and PCP that tender for combined vaccine floated yesterday .What was considered impossible has been made success by PCP. Journey started on 07.05.2017 and we are galloping to success. PCM born on 20.08.2017 getting success.
We request all to strengthen the movement to rejuvenate profession.
Certificate of World Veterinary Association
Pashu Chikitsak Mahasangh gets accreditation as national association and included in supporting organisation. All are invited to register as delegates to conference.
Commonwealth Veterinary Association’s Invitation
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Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries launches Pashu Chikitsak Mahasangh website
2ND GBM OF PASHU CHIKITSAK MAHASANGH HELD AT GUWAHATI
Special invitees to the GBM were Dr Sudhir (UP), Dr Madhur Gupta (HP), Dr Shreebhagwan (Haryana) and Dr. Bhagirath Patel (Gujarat).