Muhammad Aamir Ali

VEHARI

The local people remonstrated with the high authorities about the alleged corruption and irregularities in the Livestock Department Vehari as animals worth millions of rupees have died due to the staff’s negligence in the district.

A farmer namely Ghulam Fareed alleged in his petition against DLO Vehari Dr Muhabbat Ali that the local people’s animals worth millions of rupees had died because of the use of expired and substandard vaccine, under Mass Vaccination Campaign phase III, in the fields by the livestock staff.

They said that animals of the following farmers had died due to the negligence: Choudhray Sabtai, Imran Khan Baloch, Fayyaz Khan, Haqnawaz and Ramazan Bohar. They complained against the Livestock officials to District Livestock Officer Dr Muhabbat Ali. However, they added, he dealt with them rudely and roughly. They said that Vehari DLO Dr Muhabbat Ali and other officials were corrupt and did not perform their duties honestly. They demanded that the Punjab chief minister and Punjab livestock secretary should take action against the “corrupt” officers.

Likewise, Veterinary Assistant Sanaullah submitted a complaint to the director anti corruption alleging that Dr Muhabbat received Rs5,000 from him and also threatened to suspend him. He also alleged that Dr Muhabbat had appointed former DO Malik Zulifqar illegally in his office.

Similarly, Shabbir of Union Council 28, Mailsi submitted an application to the Punjab secretary livestock against the Mass Vaccination Phase III Divisional Coordinator Dr Mohsin Bhatti and District Livestock Officer Dr Mohabbat Ali, alleging that they did not perform their duties properly. He disclosed that Divisional Coordinator Dr Mohsin Bhatti owns a private medicine company namely SPECTRA. He said that the officers were allegedly make bogus entries and send bogus reports to the higher authorities also.

Pakistan Kissan Ittehad President submitted a application to Punjab Secretary Livestock Naseem Sadiq and alleged that the Vehari DLO and focal person Dr Mohsin Bhatti were incapable officers in district Vehari as a number of animals had died due to negligence of the livestock officers. He said that most of veterinary hospitals and dispensaries had been closed for the last six months while doctors and other staff were unavailable for the treatment of animals.

Moreover, the meat of sick animals was sold in the market and the slaughter house was not maintained properly, he said. He added that the DLO received heavy bribe from veterinary doctors appointed in the slaughter houses in district Vehari. He said the livestock staff used expired and substandard vaccine.

When contacted Dr Mohabbat denied the allegations, and said that the staff was working honestly while the veterinary field staff had vaccinated 1.9 million animals in the district.