State has decided to extend the Bhed Palak Samridi Yojna and also decided to include “Churi” cattle in list of milch animals for getting benefits under the Doodh Ganga Yojna. CM discloses it in the State Planning Board meeting with MLAs, the State Level Monitoring and Sanctioning Committee (SLMSC).

Metting was head by the Secretary Animal Husbandry Ram Subhag Singh and informed that previously Bhed Palak Samridhi Yojna was being implemented only in the Districts of Mandi, Chamba and Kangra and now it’ll extend to cover the Districts Kullu, Kinnaur and Shimla. With the expansion of Bhed Palak Samridi Yojna sheep breeders will get benefits from it. He further informed that Churi breed of cattle, which is a cross between Yak and indigenous Cow, is preferred as milch animals by the livestock owners of the Tribal areas because this breed is very well adapted to the climatic conditions of these areas. However, since this breed was not included in the list of milch animals under Doodh Ganga Yojna, the livestock owners of the tribal areas could not avail benefit under this scheme. He said that now with the decision of SLMSC to include “Churi” cattle in list of milch animals for getting benefits under Doodh Ganga Yojna, the farmers of the tribal areas will be able to start Dairy Units with Churi Cattle. This will not only raise the economic status of farmers but also go a long way in meeting the demand of milk in tribal areas, he added.

Besides, the SLMSC took some major decisions to make these two schemes friendlier towards beneficiaries. It was decided to organize camps to create awareness about these schemes at grass root levels. The SLMSC also decided to address the problems being faced by the farmers related to sanction of loan, payment of interest amount, repayment of loan amount etc. by taking up specific cases with the concerned Banks. The NABARD authorities have been directed to take up suitable steps for reducing high rate of premium being charged by the Insurance Companies under Bhed Palak Samridhi Yojna.