The State cabinet meet, headed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, today reviewed the plan for fodder management and distribution in connection with water scarcity in Saurashtra, Kutch and North Gujarat. The meet took decision of giving an assistance of Rs.25 per animal per day to every Gaushala and cattle feeding houses managed by NGO/trusts in scarcity-hit areas.
Giving details of the decisions taken in the meet state government spokespersons Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas and Minister of State Saurabh Patel said the government, in its scarcity management plan and district contingency plan, has given priority to making available sufficient fodder to the animals.
Spokespersons said that at present fodder is being distributed through 91 fodder depots at the concessional rate of rupees two per kg. So far, about 11 lakh kilo fodder has already been distributed to cattle-breeders. Considering the need of more number of fodder depots the government will form village clusters in every 15 km. radius and will start new fodder depots there on war footing. The government is in the process of purchasing five crore kilogram of fodder from open market. Orders have been issued for providing this fodder to the cattle-breeders at the concessional rate of Rs.2/kg, added the spokespersons.
Besides, the orders have been issued for implementation of various incentive schemes related to the cultivation of green fodder. The incentive schemes are as follows:
The government is committed to provide sufficient fodder to the animals and for efficient implementation of these incentive schemes. State government will spare no efforts in providing sufficient fodder to the animals, spokespersons said.
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