Himachal submits 7.01 crore Project for wool promotional activities

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    Dharamsala: State Government has raised the matter of issuing photo identity cards to every citizen of the country with Govt. of India which would help in maintenance of law and order and also check the anti-social elements, besides ascertaining the identity of citizens during their mobility. This was revealed by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister while presiding over the 10th meeting of H.P. Gaddi Welfare Board convened at Dharamsala today after he launched the toll-free helpline to the sheep breeders, 1800 1808 006 to provide them round the clock service with regard to health and allied problems relating to sheep breeding and releasing of a handbook relating to ‘Sheep Breeding for Self Reliance’.
    Chief Minister said that Insurance coverage had been extended to the members of Gaddi community and 4373 brought under the same so far. He said that Rs. 7.01 crore project had been posed for funding to Central Wool Development Board for wool promotional activities of sheep breeders of Kangra, Chamba, Mandi districts and Rs. 2.40 crore project had already been got sanctioned for implementation of similar activities in Shimla-Kannuar and Rampur area. He said that 5 sheering machines were being purchased for the benefit of the sheep breeders while sheep breeders camps were being organized in Una, Solan, Bilaspur and Sirmaur districts to educate sheep breeders about the upkeep and better management of their sheep flocks.
    Prof. Dhumal said that the State Government had fixed the procurement prices of wool at Rs. 35 per kg in summer, Rs. 55 in spring and Rs. 25.50 during winter season with a view to sustain market price of the same and to benefit the sheep breeders. He said that a revolving fund of Rs. 30 lakh had also been created to strengthen wool federation. He said that the procurement price was also being paid at designated destination to the sheep breeders. He said that Market Development Assistance facilities were also being extended to Woolfed and handling charges enhanced from 10 percent to 15 percent.
    Chief Minister said that the State Government had authorised the Gram Panchayat Pradhans and veterinary assistants to certify the death of sheep and goats due to natural calamities and increased the compensation to Rs. 1500 for sheep and goat, Rs. 10,000 for buffalo, cow or ox or horse and the upper limit per family fixed at Rs. 50,000. He said that the decisions aimed at facilitating the affected families with sizeable compensation for the loss they had suffered due to natural calamities. He said that additionally pre and post-matric scholarships were being provided to the students of the community for furtherance of their academics and vocational education activities.
    Prof. Dhumal said that 13 tribal hostels had been constructed at a cost of Rs. 12.86 crores while 7 more were under construction at a cost of Rs. 6.91crore. He said that tribal hostels facilities had also been created at Shimla, Kullu and Chamba with capacity to accommodate 290 persons. He said that additionally a Tribal Bhawan was also being constructed at Dari near Dharamsala at a cost of Rs. 67.08 lakh. He said that in order to make concerted efforts for educational upliftment of the Gaddi community children 4 dedicated mobile schools had been set up in the State to achieve the literacy objective of the children of the community.