In a bid to reach out to tribals in Chhattisgarh's Maoist-hit Bijapur district, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has set up a veterinary assistance centre. The centre, located at CRPF's camp at Pamalwaya village, 10 km from Bijapur.town, will be inaugurated Monday.
The CRPF undertakes welfare programs for the local population but this centre was a first of its kind, commandant of 85th CRPF battalion Sudhir Kumar told PTI. Bijapur is part of Naxal-affected Bastar division.
The idea behind opening a veterinary centre was to reach out to the populace as well as offer the facility of treatment of domestic animals to residents of remote villages, he said. People in the area find it difficult, because of lack of transport facilities and hilly terrain, to take their animals to far-away veterinary hospitals in block or district headquarters, Kumar said.
The centre, which will offer services free of charge, would be managed by Assistant Commandant Manir Khan, a former veterinary officer with the Punjab government. Household items such as umbrellas, blankets, utensils and clothes will also be distributed to villagers during the inauguration program Monday, Kumar said.
(With inputs from agencies.)