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Approach of Government for Livestock service business

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Kathmandu: The Animal Health and Livestock Services Council Bill-2019 registered by the government at the Secretariat of the Federal Parliament is making a plan for existing animal health and livestock service business to be more systematic and organized.

The bill aims to develop and promote animal health and livestock service business in the country. This bill proposes the establishment of a 23-member Animal Health and Livestock Services Council, with at least five years experience leading a person among the registered second class animal health and livestock service entrepreneurs in the related field. The council’s office will be located in Kathmandu valley.

The council members will be in the proportional representation system from all seven provinces, including women and related universities. The functions, duties, and rights of the Council should be made to organize the Animal Health and Livestock Services business, implement the necessary policies, plans and programs and submit them for approval in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.

The plans then need to be implemented as government-approved policies, plans, and programs and provide MoALD with tips to ensure the quality of animal production, animal breeding, and animal husbandry; and determine the eligibility of animal health and animal service entrepreneurs.

Similarly, the council will provide the entrepreneurs with certificates based on their qualifications; preparation and implementation of the Code of ethics for them; Policy development related to the curriculum of educational institutions providing education in the animal health and livestock services profession; and initiate action against entrepreneurs who violate the Code of Conduct and other terms and conditions.

The bill set forth a provision that would prohibit a person from operating animal health and livestock service business without registering with the council. The interested individual will have to apply to the council with the specified documents and academic certificates. However, entrepreneurs, who are already registered with Nepal Veterinary Council do not have to register with the proposed council.

The bill states-“The council can test the registration of entrepreneurs to ensure quality as needed. Any person who does not pass the test will not be eligible for certification from the council.”

The Council shall develop its organizational structure and obtain approval from the Ministry for the appointment of a required number of employees. The council will have a separate fund and its final audit will be conducted by the Office of the Auditor-General.

If a person serves animal health and animal services in contravention of the provisions of the Bill, he/she will be liable to a fine not exceeding Rs 30,000. In the cases presented in this Bill, the Government of Nepal will be the plaintiff.

Likewise, the council may set up thematic committees to implement decisions, Similarly, the council may form various thematic committees for implementing its decisions. The bill empowers the council to make necessary instructions and procedures for implementing the law with the approval of the ministry.

Source: THT