SRINAGAR: The Department of Tribal Affairs today finalized the modalities of interdepartmental convergence to provide mobile hospitals and clinics for the health care of the nomadic population, mobile veterinary clinics, medical equipment and infrastructure in tribal areas. A budget of Rs 20 crore has been allocated to the project.
Secretary, Department of Tribal Affairs, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary discussed modalities in a meeting with Department of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Livestock, Jammu / Kashmir and Department of Sheep Breeding , Jammu / Kashmir in addition to the Tribal Affairs Branch, planning and finance officials. The director of state auto garages presented the terms of supply and establishment.
The ministry approved an expenditure of 20 crore rupees for the provision of these facilities, which includes the provision of mobile medical units and health clinics on the routes adopted for migration by the nomadic tribal population, ambulances for settlements. health facilities in tribal areas, mobile veterinary clinics and sheep rearing facilities. Professional departments in highland pastures for the provision of veterinary health services during migration seasons.
The directorates of health services received an expenditure of 5 crore rupees for the mobile health clinics in Rajouri, Poonch, Reasi, Udhampur, Doda, Kishtwar, Bandipora, Anantnag, Pulwama and Kupwara. The department was also informed of the additional expenditure of Rs 5 crore for which a plan for the rest of the districts was sought. Machinery and equipment for various health facilities to the tune of Rs 3.50 crore have also been approved.
Mobile veterinary clinics have been approved for Sheep Breeding Department, Jammu / Kashmir, and provide residential prefabricated housing in highland tribal dwellings. The construction of veterinary centers was also approved. The expenditure of Rs 5 crore was allocated to veterinary and animal health services.
An inter-ministerial committee made up of representatives from Health & FW, Sheep Husbandry, Animal Husbandry and State Motor Garages will finalize specifications for mobile medical clinics and mobile veterinary clinics to be purchased for tribal areas and migratory transit routes. The financial advisor of the Department of Tribal Affairs will be a co-opted member of the committee.
Dr Shahid appreciated the proactive role played by the Departments of Health and FW, Sheep and Animal Husbandry in planning immediate development actions aimed at tribal welfare. He expressed his gratitude to the field workers for their dedicated efforts which turned into visible action in a very short period of time.
The modalities of the Cluster Tribal Model Village and the Milk Village were also discussed. It was decided to obtain a DPR model for health care, herding and sheep rearing as a component of the model village in order to ensure socio-economic well-being at the local level. The departments have decided to make time-limited efforts to ensure the rapid supply and availability of mobile health care and veterinary facilities in various districts.