Farmer welfare schemes need to be implemented effectively: Kohli

Minister reviews functioning of Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Deptts

Newspoint Bureau
Jammu Tawi, April 11
Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli today said that welfare schemes especially aimed at the farmers need to be implemented effectively so that the people get maximum benefit out of these.
The Minister was speaking during the review meeting of Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Departments, here today.
The Minister said to develop all these sectors, there is need to work with more vigor and dedication for achieving the targets for the benefit of the people. He exhorted upon the concerned functionaries of these departments for making earnest efforts to develop these sectors for growth of economic profile of the farmers.
The Minister directed the concerned to prepare action plan for implementation of welfare schemes launched by the government for the development of Fish, Animal and Sheep rearing in the State. He said there is huge potential under these sectors and the unemployed youth can easily earn their livelihood by choosing these sectors as their profession.
The Minister directed the concerned officers to achieve the physical and financial targets well in time under these sectors and ensure that all welfare schemes reach to the deserving.
“Priority should be given to resolve the issues of the farmers besides benefits of welfare schemes launched for promotion of livestock and fish production should reach to the deserving,” the Minister said adding that any negligence in this regard would be viewed sternly.
Reviewing the progress of different schemes, the Minister was apprised that out of allocated amount of Rs 1.40 crore Capex budget for the year 2016-17, the Animal Husbandry Department Jammu has spent an amount of Rs 1.27 crore till ending March 2017 under different schemes including creation of infrastructure for the Department.
It was given out in the meeting that under various centrally sponsored schemes, an amount of Rs 2.55 crore was provided to the department for the financial year 2016-17, out which of Rs 2.22 crore stands expended during the last financial year. In addition, the Department has registered 65% expenditure under NABARD during last financial year.
15000 fishermen are provided with insurance cover in the State and under Blue Revolution Scheme (BRS), Mahseer Brood Bank has started functioning at Kalakote, Rajouri.
Among others, Commissioner/Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries R K Bhagat, Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir, Dr. Kranti Kumar, Director Sheep Husbandry, Jammu Dr. Ashok Kumar Gupta, Director Animal Husbandry, Jammu Dr. S. K. Abrol, Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir Dr M. Y. Chaproo, Director Fisheries, J&K R. N. Pandita, MD Wool Board, and District Officers of concerned departments of Jammu Division attended the meeting.

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