Published On: Wed, Jun 17th, 2015

Approval for inclusion of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh under National Dairy Plan

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Phase – I and extension of project period by two years upto 2018-19

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval for:

i. Inclusion of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in the list of States to be covered under the National Dairy Plan- I (NDP-I).

ii. Extended the implementation period upto 2018-19 in order to achieve key outputs of National Dairy Plan- I.

Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are newly formed States which are primarily inhabited by tribal population having substantial milch animal population and have the potential for coverage under NDP I. Although Uttarakhand was not included for all the approved components under the scheme NDP-I, the Project Implementation Plan document (a part of EFC memo for NDP-I) included sub projects of Animal Breeding and Strengthening of Semen Stations for implementation in Uttarakhand. At present two projects, that is one on Progeny Testing and the other on Strengthening of Semen Station are under implementation. Considering the potential for implementation of Ration Balancing Programme, Fodder Development and Village Based Milk Procurement System, Uttarakhand has also been included under NDP-I; along with Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Due to the time taken in initiating the implementation of sub projects at End Implementing Agencies (EIAs) level and late approval of NDP-I as mentioned above, it is envisaged that the key outputs of NDP-I as planned would be substantially achieved (e.g. bull production target, sustainability of Pilot AI (Artificial Insemination) Delivery services on full cost recovery basis etc.) with the period of NDP I having been extended up to 2018-19.

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