Mumbai: The grant for animals in fodder camps is now increased and Rs 100/- will be paid per animal now, said Revenue and Chairman of the Subcommittee on drought relief measures Chandrakant Patil here today.
The animals in fodder camps are given 18 kg green fodder daily and 1 kg animal fodder thrice a week per large animal while the small animals are fed 9 kg green fodder per day and 1 kg animal fodder per animal. Besides, the expenses towards purchasing the fodder for the animals and its transportation to camps also entails expenditure. In view of this, the grant for fodder camps is increased by Rs 10/= per animal. With this the large animals will now be given Rs 100/- per day and Rs 50/- will be paid for per small animal per day, Shri Patil said.
Patil today chaired the meeting of the drought relief measures subcommittee at the Mantralaya. The meeting reviewed the drought situation in the state, fodder camps, water supply, EGS works etc. Members of the subcommittee Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan, Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde, Water Conservation Minister Prof Ram Shinde, Tourism and EGS Minister Jaykumar Rawal, PADUM Minister Mahadev Jankar and other were present at the meeting.
Shri Patil said that 1417 fodder camps are set up in the state in which 939,372 animals are housed in them. Large animals are given 18 kg green fodder per day and 1 kg animal fodder thrice a week while small animals are given 9 kg green fodder per day and 1 kg animal fodder. Transportation cost for providing water, fodder from long distances are increasing. In view of this the grant given to those who are running these fodder camps is increased by Rs 10/-. As per the Central Government’s parameters large animals are given Rs 70/- while the small animals are given Rs 30/- as grant. But, in view of the situation in the state the increased grant is sanctioned. Up till now, Rs 111 crore for Aurangabad division, Rs 4 crore for Pune division and Rs 47 crore for Nasik division has been distributed.
He said that 5493 tankers are pressed into service to provide water to 4331 villages and 9470 wadis. Tahsildars are given the authority to sanction tankers as per demand. Rs 4412 crore have been distributed to 67 lakh farmers against crop damage compensation. All the guardian ministers were directed to tour their respective districts and decisions are taken on the basis of the suggestion coming after their tours and visits, Patil said.
This meeting was attended by Additional Principal Secretary of Water Supply and Sanitation Department Shyam Lal Goyal, Principal Secretary of Finance Department Rajgopal Deora, , Principal Secretary of Animal Husbandry department Anup Kumar, Secretary Agriculture and Water Conservation department Eknath Davle, and Relief and Rehabilitation department Secretary Kishor Raje Nimbalkar.