The government on Saturday appointed additional chief secretary Mukesh Khullar to investigate mismanagement of vaccination for cattle foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle. In 2017, more than two million dairy cattle had suffered from FMD, but despite the issue of seven tenders, the state had failed to procure the vaccine. The problem had shaken the Assembly's recent budget session.
The one-man committee has a term of office until 5 May 2018. It will investigate the mismanagement of several tenders that were invited to procure foot-and-mouth vehicles between 4 August 2017 and August 14, 2017. "The committee will be the To investigate allegations why one bidder was favored over the other two, and why those who were disqualified were treated unfairly, "a high-ranking official said.
Attacking the government on this issue, Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar had alleged that a "senior minister" had been involved in the process, and Biovet Private Ltd., who had wrapped up the bid, had the Haryana government delivered an inferior vaccine. "Do we give our animals a rejected vaccine?" He had asked.
The Exploratory Panel will deal with all Government procurement calls for procurement and control procedures as well as other issues raised in the Assembly. Arjun Khotkar, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, had made it clear that there was a delay and that two doses of the vaccine were canceled and the prices could not be negotiated.