Come up with good schemes for the development, preservation and conservation of indigenous breeds of cows and implementation of the ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’CM 23-12-2014
Chandigarh, Dec 23—The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has directed officers of the Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department to come up with good schemes for the development, preservation and conservation of indigenous breeds of cows and implementation of the ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission’. While presiding over a review meeting of the Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department here today, the Chief Minister said that there was immense potential for enhancing the productivity of indigenous breeds in the state. The ‘Rahtriya Gokul Mission’ which seeks to protect the indigenous breeds of cows in a focussed and scientific manner, is a project under the National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development. During 2014-15, a sum of Rs 150 crore will be allocated for the Mission. The Chief Minister also directed the officers to provide best facilities for cattle-rearing and prepare schemes to draw the maximum number of people. Special incentives should be given to the farmers engaged in cattle rearing. Besides, the department should also identify areas where cow milk can be procured. He also asked them to materialize the system of procurement-processing and marketing of dairy products and find out the possibilities for their promotion by mutual functioning with AMUL. Directions were issued for filling the post of animal attendants and sweeper-cum-chowkidar in the department under the outsourcing policy until regular employees joined. This will ensure that services at veterinary institutes provided by the department are not hampered. Mr Manohar Lal also suggested that possibilities be explored for engaging people, especially women, in rearing of five or more cattle under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. This initiative would help empower women. The Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankhar, directed the officers to monitor the affairs of Gauchar land and take up the issue with the Development and Panchayat Department. The government plans to bring a bill on cow slaughter. The trend that nutrient cow products are not in demand but packaged food is sold everywhere, should be reversed, he said. Those present at the meeting included the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, the Additional Principal Secretary, Dr Rakesh Gupta, the Principal Secretary, Finance, Mr. P.K. Das, Director General Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department Mr. G.S. Jakhar, and other senior officers.