Hyderabad: Seemingly buoyed by the success of the first phase of Sheep distribution programme, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has announced the launch of the second phase at the estimated cost of Rs 6000 crore.

The CM has instructed Minister Srinivas Yadav and officials concerned to organize the second phase of the Sheep distribution programme immediately.

He said the first phase programme, which was organized at a cost of Rs 5000 Crore, has yielded good results. He said Rs 6000 will be allocated for the second phase of the programme. The CM has instructed the Finance Department to make funds available for the programme.

With both the Phases put together, the total money allocated for the programme for the distribution of Sheep for the Golla Kuruma community is Rs 11000 Crore. The CM said present Sheep Units should be continued in the second phase.

He said in the first phase 3.74 Lakh Sheep Units were distributed and in the second phase 3.5 Lakh Sheep units at the rate of 20 Sheep and one Ram per Unit would be distributed. In tune with the rise in prices, the CM has decided to increase the Sheep unit price to Rs 1,75,000. The CM instructed that these 14,000 eligible candidates, who have paid their DDs, should be charged according to the notified price list.

" Under the united AP, agriculture in Telangana was destroyed. They neglected allied hereditary professions. The then rulers could never understand the diversity of the trades. Traditional professions are intertwined with the BC communities who have excellent trade skills. The state has registered development in the Diary Sector. For the Diary farmers, the government is giving subsidies and extending support in several ways. The state-run Vijaya Diary and the Karimnagar dairy milk-producing units are working efficiently," he said.

KCR was chairing a high-level review meeting on the development of BC communities.

Chief Minister said the traditional trade in Telangana is totally dependent on BC communities. He said the Telangana government had made plans to support them in all possible ways.

"Handloom sector is the second largest sector after agriculture. The suicide rate among the Padmashali community under AP rule was very high. Handloom sector is being rejuvenated," he said

The CM said the government is taking several measures for the development of Bestha, Gangaputra and Mudiraj communities. He said pisciculture is growing by the day. He said due to the construction of Kaleswaram and other projects, reservoirs are filled with water and tanks.

He said that the state government free distribution of fish lets scheme is yielding good results. Fish imports from other states have dropped. The CM instructed that measures should be taken to export fish from the state to other towns and cities. He wanted the latest technology to be used for fish culture.

The CM said that all the communities including Munnuru Kapu, Carpenters, Potters and Blacksmiths, Gouds, Nayi Brahmins, Washermen were also brought under new innovative development programmes.

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