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Telangana: CESS to study irregularities in Sheep Distribution Scheme

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Hyderabad: Taking serious view of alleged irregularities in the Sheep Distribution Scheme, the State government has initiated stringent measures to plug loopholes and ensure its success.

On Saturday, the government accorded permission for conducting a third party evaluation on the scheme to assess the quality of implementation of scheme. The Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS) will conduct the study, while the Animal Husbandry department will conduct departmental inquiry into the irregularities in four districts.

As per instructions from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, the government decided to conduct an in-depth investigation into all sheep distributions in 31 districts across the State. Nearly 1.67 lakh units comprising more than 35 lakh sheep were distributed to members of Golla and Kuruma communities at a subsidised rate of 75 per cent at the end of 2018.

Amidst allegations over irregularities in four districts of Nalgonda, Sangareddy, Jagityal and Mahbubnagar, preliminary investigation was conducted by the authorities who identified recycling of distributed animals.

The government has already suspended two top level officials in this regard and discovered a major surge in sheep distribution between November 15 and December 15 in these four districts raising suspicions as it happened when other districts were facing scarcity of sheep for distribution. Orders have been already issued imposing ban on trade of sheep distributed under the scheme.

“But allegations on irregularities continued. To plug loopholes and also end these allegations, we have decided to conduct a third party independent survey in all districts,” said an official of the Animal Husbandry department.

Using scientific methods, CESS will conduct sample survey of all sheep distributed under the scheme where issues like organising grama sabhas, selection of beneficiaries, examination of documents, purchase and distribution of sheep as well as payments and tagging of sheep. About Rs 90 crore are being spent for the scrutiny of the scheme and identification of irregularities.

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