Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the officials concerned to sanction Sheep Unit to every person, who is over 18 years of age, in Yadav and Kuruma communities in the Telangana State.
The Chief Minister also asked the officials to make arrangments for purchase of the sheep after the onset of monsoon this year. He has decided to sanction Sheep units to the about 4 lakh Yadav and Kuruma families in the State.
He wished that the guidelines for rearing of sheep should be transparent and simple. Strict and complicated guidelines will not serve the purpose, he said.
KCR said more beneficiaries should come under the scheme. He has decided that without any linkage to the banks, the scheme should be implemented to all the Yadav and Kuruma members, whoever has asks for it. The state government will give 75 per cent subsidy and 25 per cent will be borne by the individual beneficiary, he said.
The Chief Minister held a review meeting on the sheep rearing at Pragati Bhavan here on Thursday. Deputy CM Kadiam Srihari, Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Government’s Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary SP Singh, Principal Secretaries S. Narsing Rao, Shanti Kumari, Secretary Smitha Sabharwal, Special Secretary Bhoopal Reddy, Meat and Poultry Development Corporation MD Laxma Reddy and others participated.
As per the guidelines for sheep rearing finalized in the review meeting, every person who is above 18 years of age from Yadav and Kuruma families will be made member of the Society. More than one person per family can become members.
If need be, more number of societies will be formed. Sheep units will be given to every member of the Society. Those who have already in the possession of sheep will also get sheep units. Even if somebody is having a job in the family, his father or brother can become members and get the sheep unit.
Every Unit will have 20 Sheep and one Ram. Each unit’s expenditure will be Rs 1.25 Lakh. Of this, the beneficiary should bear 25 per cent (Rs 31,250); the government will give rest of 75 per cent (Rs 93,750) as Subsidy.
This scheme will be implemented without the involvement of the banks. There is no dearth of funds for the Sheep Rearing. The government has decided to raise Rs 4,000 Crore from NCDC.
There are estimates that Yadav and Kuruma communities in the state account for about 4 Lakh. Even if they’re more, the scheme will be implemented. Units will be sanctioned for half of them in the first year; the rest will be in the next year.
For the sanction of Units in the first year, to eliminate any political or other influences, Units will be sanctioned by draw of lots. If in a village there are 60 society members, lottery will be held before 30 members in the first phase.
Any irregularity committed will be dealt with severely and the CMO office will monitor it on a regular basis.
At the State level, Meat and Poultry Development Corporation MD Laxma Reddy will coordinate the scheme. In the districts, Animal Husbandry officials under the supervision of the Collector will coordinate the scheme.
A three member committee of MRO, MPDO and Government Veterinary Doctor will implement the scheme. A week long programme will be conducted to enroll members into the Societies.
Officials will personally go to the villages and enroll the members and record the number of Sheep available there.
Sheep should be purchased from the neighbouring States only and not from the Telangana State. The state government will bear the Insurance and transportation charges.
Every Sheep will be insured. Insurance cover will be given not only to the new Sheep but also to the old ones, which are in the possession of the Yadav and Kuruma communities in the State. (INN)