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Srinagar, Mar 16 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir government today lifted the ban on entry of day-old chickens into the state, official sources said.

The government had earlier lifted the ban on entry of eggs into the state.

The sources said the ban was being reviewed on daily basis and would be lifted in phases.

In the first phase, the restrictions on eggs were removed and in the second the ban on entry of day-old chickens has been lifted, they added.

The state government, on March 10, had invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Ordinance (ESMO) to prevent the Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department employees from going on strike or remain absent from duty in the wake of deadly bird flu scare in the state.

The sources said the state administration had also declared the veterinary services as ''essential services''.

According to the order (SRO-86), the government directed all the employees of the Animal and Sheep Husbandry (both veterinarians and para-veterinarians) not to go on a strike or remain absent or depart from the place of their duty.

Anybody found violating the directions would be liable to severe punishment with imprisonment up to one year besides fine, the order said.

The sources said the government decision comes in the wake of the deadly avian influenza scare in the state.

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