Within a year of launching the sheep distribution scheme, the Telangana State government has distributed about 60 lakh sheep to 2.85 lakh beneficiaries at an expenditure of 3,565 crore. As a result, about 30 lakh lambs are estimated to have been born creating a wealth of around Rs 1,200 crore for shepherds in the State.
Addressing mediapersons on the first anniversary of the launch of sheep distribution scheme on Wednesday, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s vision was proving to be beneficial to the Golla-Kuruma community in the State. He pointed out that Rs 5,000 crore were earmarked to distribute sheep to about four lakh beneficiaries under the first list. “We have distributed sheep at 75 per cent subsidy to 2.85 lakh benefciaries. Sheep distribution for another 1.15 lakh shepherds in the first list, will restart from June 25,” he said.
In districts where 100 per cent sheep distribution has been achieved, the government will start distributing sheep to beneficiaries identified under the second list. The officials have stalled sheep distribution for a brief period considering high temperatures during the months of May and June. He said every sheep has been insured and in case of their death, insurance claims were being paid within stipulated time. To provide better healthcare to the animals, about 100 mobile veterinary clinics were working in complete coordination with each other.
The Minister stated that another scheme releasing fishlings into reservoirs and other water bodies in the State, was also yielding good results. He said while about 51 crore fish seedlings were released into water bodies last year, around 80 lakh fish seedlings were distributed this year. “Our pilot project releasing 1.08 crore scampi also resulted in good yield of prawn in the State. The government is making all efforts to improve livelihood of shepherds and fishermen.