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Second phase of sheep distribution scheme launched in Telangana

Published: 28th Jul 2021 8:47 pm

Jammikunta: Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Wednesday launched the second phase of the subsidised sheep distribution programme on a grand scale at Jammikunta in Huzurabad Assembly constituency.

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Srinivas Yadav along with Welfare Minister Koppula Eashwar distributed sheep to beneficiaries at a programme held at the new agriculture market, Jammikunta. Out of 4,000 people eligible for the scheme in Huzurabad constituency, 500 units (12,000 sheep) were distributed to beneficiaries on the day of launching of the scheme.

Speaking on the occasion, Srinivas Yadav said sheep units would be provided to every eligible shepherd above the age of 18 years under the scheme across the State. “The State government has taken up the second phase of the sheep distribution programme with an outlay of Rs 6,000 crore,” he said.

“In the first phase, 80 lakh units were distributed incurring an expenditure of Rs 6,070 crore. Subsequently, the sheep population in the State rose to 1.30 lakh. With this, the State has taken the number one position in sheep population in the country,” he said, adding that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, when informed about the increase of unit cost and transportation charges, immediately enhanced the unit cost to Rs 1.75 lakh from Rs 1.25 lakh.

Talking about the shepherd community, the Minister said that no government in 74 years of independence had thought about the welfare of the community. Political leaders used to treat the community as a vote bank and forget them after the completion of elections, he said.

However, the shepherd community got independence when Chandrashekhar Rao became Chief Minister, he said, adding that though nobody asked for the welfare of the community, the Chief Minister launched the sheep distribution scheme and sanctioned ambulances to provide treatment to sick sheep.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson Kanumalla Vijaya, MLC A Mallesham, Warangal MLA Nannapanani Narender, Animal Husbandry Principal Secretary Anitha Rao, District Collector RV Karnan,  Animal Husbandray Additional Director Ramchander, Jammikunta Municipal Chairman Rajeshwar Rao and others particiapted in the programme.

Talasani condemns opposition claims

Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav came down heavily on the opposition parties for spreading false propaganda stating that the State government has started the second phase of subsidised sheep distribution scheme only in Huzurabad constituency.
“It is absolutely wrong. There is no truth in the opposition propaganda. It is not intended only for Huzurabad. The scheme will be implemented across the State. Every eligible shepherd in the State will be provided sheep under the scheme,” the Minister said after launching the second phase of the sheep distribution programme at the new agriculture market yard in Jammikunta on Wednesday.

Stating that it was wrong on the part of BJP and Congress linking everything to Huzurabad bypoll, he said the Telangana Dalit Bhandu, which was conceived to change the lives of the Dalit communities, has also been linked to Huzurabad. He said there was a delay in the launch of the second phase of sheep distribution due to Covid pandemic. He also criticised the opposition for spreading rumours among the public that Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Bima would be stopped for farmers who fail to vote for the TRS candidate in the Huzurabad by-election.
“The opposition parties created similar ruckus before the Hyderabad Municipal elections too. However, they failed to make a mark in the polls. Going a step ahead, BJP promised to give cars, bikes and other vehicles to people who lost their vehicles in Hyderabad floods, but in vain,” he said.

Slamming the opposition for targeting Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his family members, the Minister said Chandrashekhar Rao, who has a clear vision on the development of the State, had introduced schemes for the welfare of every community. The welfare schemes being implemented in the State can’t be seen in any BJP or Congress ruled State, he said, adding that if the BJP leaders are committed to the development of Telangana, they should ensure that a national project is sanctioned to the State.

“The Congress, which ruled the country for the longest period, did nothing. Chandrashekhar Rao is the only ray of hope for Telangana,” he said. On BJP leader Eatala Rajender’s self-respect mantra, Srinivas Yadav wondered if the BJP was not aware of self-respect when he enjoyed power for seven years in the government.


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