Pardeep Singh Bali
In first of its kind, Jammu and Kashmir government is mulling to provide Bima for the cattle, especially of border areas and in this regard a proposal has been sent to the union government.
According to sources privy to the development, over 50, 000 animals will be covered under this scheme in phase-I. “A proposal regarding bima of cattle in Jammu and Kashmir has been sent to union government for its consent. As per the proposal, all the cattle in Jammu and Kashmir shall be covered under this scheme, wherein farmer has to pay nominal fees to get registered,” sources told Newspoint.
They said that in the first phase all the border affected cattle shall be covered.
“The decision in this regard was taken by the state government in the backdrop of recent spate of firing and shelling from across the border,” said sources, adding this trade of firing has so far injured over 225 cattle in Jammu province and almost 97 cattle perished.
The sources further said that keeping in view the unabated violence from across the border, wherein Pakistan has resorted to targeting civilian areas the state government has decided to ensure safety of the cattle, besides security to the farmers. The sources further said that while 97 farm animals were killed, 225 others were injured in the cross border firing from the Pakistani side. “Firing has also forced the affected villagers to move about 7,000 Livestock to safer places. Around 97 animals were killed and more than 225 were injured,” sources said and added in Jammu district alone over 75 animals have perished due to the cross border firing which started.”
The official said that 13 teams from the animal husbandry department and four teams from the sheep husbandry department have been constituted to provide immediate veterinary care and treatment to the injured animals.
Besides the treatment of the injured livestock, the administration will also be providing fodder to the affected animals, he said.
“To provide immediate veterinary aid to the seriously injured cattle, six animals from Chinore farm and three from Hamirpurkona have been shifted to Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Jammu with the help of hydraulic cattle carrier vehicle,” the sources said. The Bima yojna for cattle shall start from Border areas in the first phase and eventually will cover all the farm animals of the state. “This is perhaps for the first time such a scheme has been proposed for the cattle,” said sources, adding “The actual idea was floated to provide relief to already affected population of the border areas.”
Meanwhile talking to Newspoint Director-Animal Husbandry Jammu-SK Abrol said that a blue print in
this regard has been prepared keeping in view the damage caused to the farming animals in the prevailing firing on borders.
“The proposal to compensate loss of the perished cattle has been sent to central government and Rs 15 lakh is already available with the department for the farmers, who have lost their animals, but this is not enough,” SK Abrol said.
Pardeep Singh Bali