Nagesh Prabhu

Nine projects seek to promote dairy farming

State ranks second in milk production

BANGALORE: The Union Government, which has launched several schemes for inclusive growth and tackling the rural-urban divide, seems to be dragging its feet in sanctioning rural development projects submitted by the State Government.

The Centre has not cleared 21 rural projects estimated at nearly Rs. 200 crore, and now officials are of the view that the State is unlikely to get the projects sanctioned.

Though the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj submitted proposals for various projects two years ago under the Swarnajayanti Gram Swaraj Yojana (SGSY), the Centre is yet to clear them.

Nine of the 21 projects are related to dairy activities in various districts (Rs. 79.58 crore), three to rural livelihood and employment opportunities (Rs. 44.23crore), two are aimed at providing better marketing infrastructure in villages (Rs. 14.35 rore) and two each to set up incubation centres (Rs. 25.57 crore), rehabilitation of Devadasis (Rs. 24.64 crore) and setting up of a “Kushal Gram”, a marketing complex for SGSY beneficiaries of the District Rural Development Foundation and B.V.V. Sangha of Bagalkot (Rs. 4.67 crore).

The department has submitted nine detailed project reports to promote dairy activities in Bangalore Rural and Bangalore Urban, Mandya, Bellary, Uttara Kannada, Hassan, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Davangere and Belgaum districts. These projects are aimed at infrastructure development for dairy farmers from families living below the poverty line (BPL). The State ranks second in milk production and produces 30 lakh litres of milk a day.

In order to provide alternative livelihood opportunities and employment for BPL families, the department proposes to implement three projects at Chikkanayakanahalli in Tumkur district (Rs. 6.95 crore), Molakalmuru in Davangere district (Rs. 14.96 crore) and Challakere in Chitradurga district (Rs. 22.32 crore).

Two projects have been proposed for the development of seven RUDSET Institutes (Rs. 1.99 crore) and the Deshpande Rural Development and Self-Employment Training Institute, Haliyal (Rs. 2.95 crore). Two incubation centres have been proposed for promotion of rural enterprises at Hoovinahadagali in Bellary district (Rs. 13.09 crore) and at Pavagada in Tumkur district (Rs. 12.48 crore).

However, the Union Rural Development Ministry has cleared a few drinking water projects. It has sanctioned Rs. 2.08 crore for strengthening water quality testing laboratories as well as for the establishment of new labs in the newly created Ramanagara and Chickaballapur districts.