Livestock rearing has been a traditional livelihood in India and is closely linked to agricultural economy. India with about 190.9 million cattle (as per 19th Livestock Census 2012) has 14.5% of the world cattle population. Of this, 80% i.e. 151 million are indigenous. Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM) has been launched in December 2014 for development and conservation of indigenous breeds through selective breeding in the breeding tract and genetic up-gradation of nondescript bovine population.
Funds of Rs. 129744.3 lakhs has been released under various activities of RGM to the States/Union Territories (UTs) and Agencies for development and conservation of indigenous breeds of cattle in India during 2014-15 to 2018-19. The top 5 States/UTs with respect to funds released under RGM during 2014-15 to 2018-19 were Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Funds released for Bihar was Rs. 11442.78 lakhs under RGM during 2014-15 to 2018-19, which accounted 8.82% of the total funds released in India under RGM. There was release of Rs. 9702.2 lakhs for Madhya Pradesh under RGM during 2014-15 to 2018-19. It accounted 7.48% of the total funds released under RGM in India during the same period. Amount of Rs. 7040.18 lakhs was released for Tamil Nadu under RGM during 2014-15 to 2018-19, which accounted 5.43% of the total funds released in India under RGM.
During 2014-15 to 2018-19, there was release of Rs. 6503.16 lakhs and Rs. 6168.18 lakhs for Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand respectively under RGM. Uttar Pradesh accounted for 5.01% and Uttarakhand accounted for 4.75% of the total funds released under RGM in India during 2014-15 to 2018-19.
Note: Source: RAJYA SABHA SESSION – 249 STARRED QUESTION NO. 222; Data value are in Rs. Lakh.
Resource Title: State/UT and Agency-wise Funds Released and Utilized under Rashtriya Gokul Mission from 2014-15 to 2018-19 (From : Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries)