Trilok Kapoor, Chairman, Wool Federation (WOOLFED) in the 64th meeting of Board of Directors of WOOLFED said that the Government was taking effective steps for strengthening the economy of the shepherds of the State and added that various welfare schemes were being implemented so as to benefit them.

He said that a decision had been taken to implement ‘Bhed Palak Samridhi Yojna’ all over the State. He said that the Yojna was launched in Chamba, Kangra and Mandi districts in the first phase and thereafter it was started in Kullu, Shimla, Kinnaur Solan and Sirmour district. Kapoor said that the State Government had taken up the matter to implement the Yojna throughout the State with NABARD as a result of which the scheme would now be started in the left-out districts.

He said that to provide more benefits to the sheep-rearers a proposal had been sent to Government of India to now convert the criteria of a unit of 40 sheep and two rams to micro unit of 20 sheep and one ram.

Kapoor said that a sum of Rs. 1428.06 lakhs had been spent for strengthening the various activities associated with the vocation of sheep rearing and during last four years various measures had been taken to strengthen the H.P. Wool Federation as a result of which WOOL FED had emerged as profitable unit. He said that to boost activities of shepherds, eight projects of Rs. 476.36 lakhs had been sent to Govt of India, which include training camps, sharing facilities in tribal areas and Integrated Wool Improvement and development programme etc.

Bhawan Prakash Malhotra, Director WOOLFED and other officers and officials of the department were present in the meeting.