Ranchi: In Jharkhand, the government has temporarily banned vaccination to protect animals from hoarding, locally known as hoof-flap disease. The central government had instructed half a dozen states, including Jharkhand, not to use it because the quality of the vaccine was not in conformity with the standard.
Following the Centre's directive, the Hemant Soren government of the state has issued a restraining order to the District Animal Husbandry Officers. The drug was supplied by a Hyderabad-based company. The vaccine was screened from RVRI, a unit of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, in which quality was not found to be as per the standard. Other states where vaccination is banned are Punjab, Rajasthan, Assam, Daman and Jammu and Kashmir.
According to government sources, around 30 lakh animals are to be vaccinated in the state. Vaccination work started in 22 districts in 24 of the state. Approximately 70 thousand animals were vaccinated in the meantime, a stay order has come. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Secretary Abu Bakr Siddiqui says that vaccination work will be started as per the direction from the Center.