K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: Beneficiaries of the ambitious Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme have started reaping riches with the procurement of improvised murrah milch animals from the Haryana state and thanked the government for their economic empowerment.
Against the local breed animals which give daily two to three litres of milk, the Haryana state animals were providing 12 to 14 litres of milk per day. The beneficiaries were supplying the milk to the Karimnagar dairy and earning daily around Rs 2,000 at the rate of Rs 500 per animal with four animals unit and also availing all the welfare schemes launched by the dairy for the milk producing farmers and the milking animals.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had launched the ambitious Telangana Dalit bandhu for the economic empowerment of the Scheduled Castes in the state. Accordingly, he launched the pilot project in the Huzurabad assembly segment on August 16 by distributing the financial assistance of Rs 10 lakhs each to 15 beneficiaries. Among them, three farmers Kothuri Radha from Huzurabad mandal, Kothuri Jaya from Illandakunta and Nampally Rajender from Kamalapur mandal have opted for the dairy units.
The Chief Minister visited the Karimnagar town on August 27 to review the implementation of the Dalit bandhu scheme. During the period, the Chief Minister informed the Karimnagar Dairy authorities to take lead in the grounding of dairy units as the beneficiaries were showing interest for dairy units. Accordingly, the dairy veterinary doctors have took the three beneficiaries to Haryana state and purchased the milching animals.
After five days of travelling, the animals reached the villages of respective beneficiaries and were housed in the cattle-sheds constructed as part of the Dalit bandhu scheme. Each beneficiary procured four milching animals from Haryana state in the first phase and four animals would arrive in the second phase. The beneficiaries with the support of the Karimnagar dairy authorities have started milking the animals and selling the same to the dairy.
Ch Rajeshwara Rao, chairman of Karimnagar Milk Producer Company also known as Karimnagar Dairy, said that several hundreds of beneficiaries of Dalit bandhu were showing interest to take up dairy units to reap riches with the support of Karimnagar dairy. ‘We are facilitating the beneficiaries in the purchase of the milch animals and providing all assistance for the animal healthcare and its feeding’, he said and added they had provided 90 per cent subsidy for the insurance of the milch animals.
In order to educate the beneficiaries about the importance of dairy units, he said that they had also deployed the Haryana state people to stay along with the beneficiaries for at least 10 days to teach the techniques of milking and guide them in the animal care such as hygiene, fodder, feed etc.