The state government has decided to launch the second phase of the Sheep Distribution Scheme, which has been implemented across the state, on June 9 as part of the Telangana Formation Day celebrations, which begin on Friday. As of March 2018, the State government had distributed 1 crore 28 lakh sheep to subsidized sheep distribution scheme beneficiaries.
Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav will formally launch the program at Nakrekal in the Nalgonda district, while other Ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs will distribute sheep units in their respective districts and constituencies across Telangana. During phase 1, approximately 3.93 lakh sheep units, each consisting of 20 sheep and one ram, were distributed to eligible members of the Golla Kuruma community.
Around 3.5 lakh families are expected to benefit from the second phase. The Minister said that the beneficiaries should be brought along with the officials to purchase the sheep units. To ensure transparency, all measures should be taken. Srinivas Yadav directed that medicines, fodder, insurance tags, and other arrangements be made for all beneficiaries, and he approved requests from the Madasi Kuruva community to be included as beneficiaries under the scheme.
After reviewing the preparations for Telangana Formation Day, the Minister directed officials from the animal husbandry, dairy, and fisheries departments to ensure that beneficiaries of various schemes attend all events planned as part of the 21-day celebrations.
He requested that they notify the elected representatives in advance and make the necessary arrangements to ensure their participation in the sheep distribution scheme.
On June 8, 9, and 10, the fisheries department will host a fish food festival at all district headquarters. In each district, 20 to 30 stalls will be set up, serving dishes such as fish fry, biryani, and fish soup prepared by trained women fishermen.
On the same day, Srinivas Yadav will inaugurate the fish food festival in Hyderabad at NTR stadium, while local elected representatives will do so in their respective districts. Dairy farmers and fishermen will take part in the Rythu Dinotsavam celebrations, which will take place on Saturday at all Rythu Vedikas.
On June 8, stalls and flexies will be set up to explain the distribution of fish and shrimp at all reservoirs as part of Cheruvula Panduga. Department officials were also directed to plant a large number of saplings as part of the Haritha Haram program at all veterinary hospitals.
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