Finance minister Arun Jaitley may reformulate the Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM) and hike the allocation for it in the upcoming Budget. During 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years, R150 crore and R100 crore were allocated for the mission.
RGM was launched in 2014 for conservation and development of indigenous bovine breeds. The mission had an outlay of R500 crore during the 12th Plan period.
RGM has two components — National Programme for Bovine Breeding and National Programme for Dairy Development which is administered by the National Dairy Development Board.
Currently, out of 300 million cows, only 85 million are milk producing, thus leaving out a large number of unproductive animals. Other thrust of the mission would be to enhance bovine production and productivity, besides developing and conserving indigenous breeds of milch cattle and development of dairy infrastructure for improved procurement, processing and marketing,
Besides, the agriculture ministry has also urged the finance minister to announce a new programme on animal health card and creation of e-market platform for bovine germplasm. The ministry has proposed ‘Pashu Sanjeevani Scheme’ with components of health cards, emergency helpline and health services at door step.