Animal Husbandry Department has requested the Government to approve the revised guidelines with permission to make the changes in the operational guidelines to rationalize the grounding procedure and implementation of the animal induction policy.
Government after careful consideration hereby issue the following Operational Guidelines for grounding of Milch / Pregnant Milch Animals, Pregnant Heifers, Heifers and Heifer calves:-
i. Beneficiary identification and sanction shall be done by the respective Corporations through the existing OBMMS process.
ii. The induction of animals shall be from the Outside the State.
iii. Procurement and supply of milch and pregnant animals, including maintenance of Capacity Building Centres, shall be through Competitive Bidding Process. A Bid Process Manager shall be engaged by the A.H. Department for finalizing the tender.
iv. Milch & pregnant animals shall be procured from among the categories of Buffaloes/CBs/Indigenous Cows. However, selection of Indigenous cows shall be subject to availability.
v. The milk yield per day shall be as per the yield recorded at Animal Procurement Centre, as per the procedure prescribed.
vi. The cost of pregnant animals shall be decided based on the tender price finalized for milch animals, taking the minimum standard of milk prescribed for the breed duly reducing the feeding cost for the balance period of gestation.
vii. The beneficiary shall select the screened milch animal as per his/her choice at the identified Animal Procurement Centres located outside the State.
viii. The Unit Cost shall cover basic cost of the animal, insurance cost, cost of feed & fodder support for (3) months.
ix. In the event, the prices quoted for supply of the milch/pregnant animals by the bidders in the tender is not found to be reasonable due to cartelization, etc. by the Director, AH, the consortium of Welfare Finance Corporations and SLBC/NABARD representatives; they shall then refer the matter to the Committee consisting of the Secretaries of the Welfare/AH/Finance Department including representatives of SLBC & NABARD who shall after examination, finalize the alternative procurement procedure to be followed for the procurement of animals from outside the State.
x. Subsidy shall be sixty percent (60%) on the unit cost in respect of beneficiaries covered by BC, Minorities, women and Kapu Corporations (enhanced from the present 50%) xi. In respect of beneficiaries covered by SC, ST and Differently abled corporations the subsidy shall be Seventy five percent (75%) on the unit cost (enhanced from the present 60%)
xii. No Margin money shall be collected from the beneficiary by the Banker/Corporations.
xiii. Animal Procurement Centers in other states and Capacity Building Centres within the State shall be identified and notified by Animal Husbandry Department.
xiv. The Transportation Cost of selected animals from Animal Procurement Centre to the Capacity Building Centers shall be met by the respective welfare Finance corporations as 100% grant over & above the unit cost as per actuals incurred.
xv. If the distance between Capacity Building Centres and the beneficiary village is more than 5 Km, the respective Corporations shall pay a lump sum amount of Rs.1000/- only towards Internal Transportation Cost. xvi. The Transportation cost from Animal Procurement Centre to the Capacity Building Centres shall be initially met by the Tenderer identified for animal procurement. Subsequently the same will be reimbursed to the tenderer by the concerned Corporation.
xvii. The agency identified in the tenders will also insure the animals so selected by the beneficiaries for a period of (3 Yrs) including transit insurance.
xviii. The cost of animal together with the insurance cost shall be reimbursed to the agency identified in the tenders by the banks concerned.
xix. Cost of 3 months feed & fodder support will be reimbursed to Animal Husbandry Department by the concerned Bank.
xx. The Insurance premium including Transit Insurance charges as finalized by the Animal Husbandry Department shall be included in the unit cost.
xxi. The identification of animals for insurance shall be undertaken through use of RFID tags/any other suitable devices.
xxii. The Capacity Building Centres shall be maintained by the Tenderer at the places notified by the Animal Husbandry Department preferably in Agricultural Marketing Committees/Animal Hostels within the State.
xxiii. The Tenderer shall make appropriate required arrangements for running the Capacity Building Centre.
xxiv. The beneficiaries concerned shall be trained at the Capacity Building Centres.
xxv. The cost of training of the beneficiaries together with the maintenance cost of the Capacity Building Centre shall be met from the capacity building component of the respective Corporations.
xxvi. For an animal, Capacity Building Centre will be run upto a maximum of 10 days. However, a beneficiary shall have an option to withdraw his/her animal at any time.
xxvii. CCTV cameras/Video shooting of the activities shall be undertaken at Animal Procurement Centres and Capacity Building Centres to maintain transparency.
xxviii. The sanctioned but not grounded units pertaining to 2017-18 and earlier years shall also be grounded by adopting these uniform guidelines. The difference in unit cost, transportation cost and the capacity building cost shall be met by the respective Welfare Finance Corporations as additional subsidy.
3. The Director, Animal Husbandry Department, A.P., Vijayawada and other concerned Officers will take necessary action accordingly.