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A regional review meeting on Animal Husbandry and Dairy Sector of five eastern states of Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh was organised in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. 

The meeting was organised by the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India in collaboration with Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department, Government of Odisha.

Alka Upadhyay, Secretary, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India presided over the meeting. The secretary took a vivid review of the five states on the progress of the Central Sector and Central Sponsored schemes like LHDCP (Livestock Health & Disease Control Programme), NLM (National Livestock Mission), RGM (Rashtriya Gokul Mission), AHIDF (Animal Husbandry infrastructure Development Fund) and KCC (Kisan Credit Card).

Activities like vaccination of livestock under National Animal Diseases Control Programme, artificial insemination under Nationwide Artificial Insemination Programme, schematic progress under National Livestock Mission viz. goat farm units, dairy farm units, fodder units and training programmes were discussed in detail and the difficulties faced by states in implementation of the programmes were taken note of. The Secretary has urged all states to work with much thrust so that targets in the above central sector schemes could be achieved in time. 

Besides the above, review of physical and financial progress of all the schemes being implemented by the states, issues related to legacy data entry in PFMS, mapping of state linked schemes, interest payment through Bharat Kosh, transfer of funds from treasury to SNA account, liquidation of unspent balance lying with the states, submission of fresh proposal and review of existing proposal for 2023-24, entrepreneurship development programmes of DAHD, PM Gati Shakti Action Plan by states, issues in operation of MVUs, issues related to vaccination programmes, accelerate disbursement of AHDF KCC were also discussed.

Before the meeting, a workshop on disease surveillance including Geomic Surveillance for early warning system and disease forecasting has been held with brainstorming sessions involving participants from the participating States. Senior officers from DAHD, GoI and the participating States have attended the meeting. The Principal Secretary, F&ARD Department, Govt. of Odisha has delivered the welcome address in the meeting.

Source : Prameya News Aug 25th 2023

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