The cattle protection scheme announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will lead to another “White Revolution” in the State, said K.P. Munusamy, Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development, here on Sunday.

Launching the scheme at Thimmavaram village near Krishnagiri, Mr. Munusamy said the AIADMK government was taking various steps to upgrade the standard of living of farmers and this scheme was the first step in this direction.

The Minister said 5,500 special medical camps for the cattle heads would be conducted in every nook and corner of the State at a cost of Rs. 2.31-crore during this fiscal.

Mobile veterinary team recently introduced in the district would come to the rescue of farmers over a phone call. The district administration was planning to introduce a toll-free helpline. Farmers' could make a request through the helpline, Mr. Munusamy said.

The Collector would initiate action against officials if they were not quick enough to attend the helpline calls from farmers.

Distribution of free milch cow and goat scheme to the landless farm labourers from September 15 would improve their economic conditions. Three female and one male goats would be distributed to rural women, Mr. Munusamy added.

Later, the Minister administered oral vaccination to the cattle heads and gave away prizes for the best maintenance of the cattle head.

V. Gnanaubakaram, Regional Joint Director, H. Arulmozhithevan, Assistant Director, Animal Husbandry Department, participated.