Telangana: Sheep Distribution Scheme Soon

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday directed Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav and the officials to kick start the second phase of sheep distribution programme in the State at the earliest. He had sanctioned Rs 6,000 crore for the purpose and instructed Finance Minister T Harish Rao to release required funds accordingly. In the wake of increasing prices, he had also approved the proposals to continue the number of sheep in each unit comprising 20 sheep and one ram, with an enhanced price for each unit.

At a high-level meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan here, the Chief Minister discussed extensively with the officials on the issues of upliftment of BC communities in the State, government’s action plan and also second phase of sheep distribution programme. With the allocation of Rs 6,000 crore for the second phase and also expenditure of about Rs 5,000 crore in the first phase, the sheep distribution programme is being implemented with a total budget allocation of Rs 11,000 crore to benefit the Golla and Kuruma communities in the State.

Speaking on the occasion, Chandrashekhar Rao said that the livelihood of people in Telangana State was largely dependent on caste-based traditional professions and hence, the State government was coming up with different schemes to support the BC communities for their all-round development. He pointed out that as a result of the tireless efforts of the State government to rehabilitate and nurture the caste-based professions that were destroyed during the undivided Andhra Pradesh rule, the rural economy is thriving and qualitative changes are taking place in the lives of the people of Telangana State. He said the government was ready to encourage the caste-based professions further as they were the most crucial castes in the rural economy of the State.

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