Delhi’s Development Minister Shri Gopal Rai chaired a high-level review meeting with the officials of the Animal Husbandry Department at the Delhi Secretariat today. After the meeting, Shri Gopal Rai announced that the Delhi Animal Welfare Board has been constituted for betterment of animals in Delhi. A total of 27 members under 19 categories have been included in the Animal Welfare Board. This board will work for the prevention of cruelty to animals, take care of them etc, in Delhi. Along with this, financial and technical assistance will also be provided by the board to the organisations involved in animal welfare works in each district of Delhi. Orders have also been issued to speed up the construction work of Delhi’s first veterinary college. This Veterinary College will be built on 56 acres in Satbari, Delhi.

Shri Gopal Rai said, “The Kejriwal Government has always been determined to work for the welfare of Delhiites as well as animals living in Delhi. Keeping this in mind, the Animal Welfare Board has been constituted for the betterment of animals in Delhi. The Animal Welfare Board will work for the prevention of cruelty to animals, take care of them etc in Delhi. Along with this, it will also provide financial and technical assistance along with guidelines to the organisations / bodies involved in animal welfare work in 11 districts of Delhi. For this, the board will continue to work as a governing body. In this Animal Welfare Board of 27 members divided under 19 categories, MLAs of Delhi Assembly; people actively working in animal welfare work in the state; high officials of the concerned department; representatives from SPCA, Gaushalas and Animal Welfare Board of India have been included.”

He said, “This board will work to ensure strict compliance of laws related to animal welfare in Delhi and help the organisations involved in this work.”

Shri Gopal Rai further said, “The field of veterinary science will become increasingly important in the future since it not only safeguards the welfare of domestic animals and cattle, but also safeguards human health by monitoring and managing zoonotic illnesses. Delhi is home to many pet animals that need medical attention. To meet this need and for better treatment of all types of animals, the construction work of the first Government Veterinary College of the city has started. As soon as its construction work is completed, Delhi will also have its first Government Veterinary College. Equipped with modern training facilities, this college will be constructed in an area of about 56 acres in Satbari, Delhi.”

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