PUNE: State Minister for Rural Development and Women and Child Welfare Pankaja Palave-Munde said that even though the country is a primarily agricultural society, children of farmers are desperately searching for jobs and employment. To solve this, the Animal Husbandry Department should distribute domestic and milch animals to them as a source of income.
She was speaking at a programme organised to commemorate the 127th anniversary of the Animal Husbandry Department of the State government on Sunday.
Munde said, “If farmers are given alternative earning models and supportive businesses like poultry, dairy, etc, and such schemes are implemented in tandem with self-help groups, they will not be forced to commit suicide.”
She further added that cows could be given to every woman in a self-help group and a mobile app can keep track of the milk produced, sold and money earned. Munde also gave an instruction for a draft for the same policy to be prepared within 15 days.
Munde was present at the programme with others in the current disposition like Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister Mahadev Jankar, Social Justice Minister Dilip Kamble, Commissioner of the Animal Husbandry Department Kantila Umap, etc.
Speaking at the programme, Jankar said that the scheme can be implemented for backward groups too. “With the help of the Social Welfare Department and the Annabhau Sathe Economic Development Mahamandal, such a scheme could be implemented for the Matang community too,” Jankar said, adding, “Farmers’ children too should look towards the industry and should become entrepreneurs to solve their own problems.”