Ordered probe into cattle deaths before BJP raised issue: Damodar Rout

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Bhubaneswar/Bargarh: Odisha Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Minister Damodar Rout said he had already directed an enquiry into cattle deaths due to Theileria disease before BJP leaders demanded a probe today. BJP leader Samir Mohanty had today alleged that cattle in the State are being given poisonous vaccines procured by the state government.

Mohanty, in a press meet, demanded that the government send samples of the injections given to cattle for vaccination against Theileria to various laboratories and make the reports public. “If the reports prove that the vaccinations are not suitable for bovine use, action should be taken against Minister Rout as per the law for cow slaughter,” claimed Mohanty.

However, Rout said much before BJP raised the issue, he had already ordered an enquiry into the matter.

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“I am a veterinary doctor and know better than BJP leaders about the issue. Many cows have also died due to the flood situation in the state. But as soon as I came to know about the vaccination injections causing cattle deaths, I immediately instructed to send a technical team yesterday to collect samples of the injections and get them tested,” said Rout.

The Minister also said that if the suppliers are proven to have provided injections that have crossed their expiry dates or of poor quality, they will be taken to task as per law.

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