Gujarat Chief Minister flags off Karuna Animal Ambulance-1962 Service in 26 districts
“It is not a thick-skinned government but a soft-hearted government with compassion towards the animals”
“Karuna campaign has saved 25,000 birds injured by kite strings during state-wide kite festivals”
– Vijay Rupani
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today launched the Karuna Animal Ambulance-1962 Service in 26 districts of the state at a function from Gandhinagar in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel, besides Ministers Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Kunwarjibhai Bavalia and Bachubhai Khabad.
They handed over the keys of the ambulances to doctors concerned and pilots of the respective districts.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rupani said that it is not a thick-skinned government but a soft-hearted government with compassion towards individuals to the entire animal world. He said the Karuna campaign had saved 25,000 birds injured by kite strings during the state-wide kite festivals from January 10 to 20 in the last count. The number of injured bird has come down to 4,000.
He said it is a transparent, sensitive, decisive and progressive government, having launched earlier the GVK EMRI 108 Ambulance Service for human beings in emergency like road accident, delivery, etc – taking a lead in the country. He said that we consider cows as mother in our culture. Our aim is protection and preservation of cattle wealth that contributed to white revolution in the country.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel said the Karuna Ambulance Service has been a great relief for injured or sick animals who were earlier left to succumb to slow and painful death on roadside. He said that Gandhiji’s Gujarat has been compassionate towards the animal land, for centuries.
Animal Husbandry Minister Kunwarji Bavalia also spoke on Gujarat’s prominence in dairy industry and the state government taking care of the health of the cattle wealth.
Animal Husbandry Secretary Mohammed Shahid welcomed the guests and Director Kachhiya Patel proposed a vote of thanks.
Those present on the occasion included Additional Chief Secretary for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Sanjay Prasad, animal activists, panjrapol (cattle pounds) and cowshed.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat