Central government norms prescribe one veterinary doctor for every 5,000 cattle, but in Assam, at present, there just one such doctor for every 26,000 cattle, a local newspaper has revealed.
The state animal husbandry and veterinary department is being squarely blamed for this bizarre state of affairs.
Assam presently has 571 veterinary doctors in cattle-related hospitals and dispensaries.
There are 115 posts lying vacant.
The department has asked the Assam Public Service Commission to conduct interviews and select doctors for the vacant posts.
A proposal to establish 200 new veterinary hospitals is also under consideration of the authorities.
This will take another four to five years for the whole scheme to materialise.
--ANI (Posted on 31-07-2013)