Jaipur, September 15. On Wednesday Shri Lal Chand Kataria told that the government is dedicated to camel conservation. He said the 2015 law for camel conservation needs a change. He said the draft has been prepared and will be passed in the next session.
Shri Kataria was replying to attention motion moved by Shri Rajendra Rathore MLA about the opening of a camel school near gaushala for conservation of camels as a result of the decrease in the number of state animal camels.
He said that the number of camels in the state has come down since the law was made for camel conservation in the state. He is a farmer and can understand the problems faced by camel farmers. He said that many members and camel herders have also met me about this problem. Shri Hanuman Singh Rathore and German women are also related to this institution. He said people of this institution have met camel farmers at different places in Jaipur and came to know about their problems.
Shri Kataria, on the demand of Shri Rajendra Rathore, and other members to build a camel school like gaushala. He said camel farming in the state is very important for riding and tourism. He also said that we should prevent camels or we will see camels only in museums.
earlier, the animal husbandry minister told that as per the animal census, the number of camels in 1992 was 7.46 lakh, the number of camels in 1997 has been 6.69 lakh, in 2003 it has been 4.98 lakh, in 2007 the number of camels is 4.22 lakh, in 2012 the number of camels is 3.26 lakh and in 2017 the number of camels has been 2.13 lakh. He said camels are declared state animals on 16th September 2014. As per animal census 2019, about 84.43 percent of the total number of camels in the country is in camel, Rajasthan. The number of camels has been decreasing regularly for the last 30 years. The main reason is the development of mechanical resources and availability of a high level of transport facility up to rural level. The camel development scheme was launched on 2nd October 2016 to protect camels and encourage camel rearers to breed camels, rear baskets, and increase the number of camels in the state.
From Rashtriya Krishi Vikas yojana funded 10,000/- per camel vats in three sections for a period of 4 years. The case of the amount payable on the birth of camel sticks was irregular in the Jaisalmer district. He said that action against the culprits is under process as per rules. 23.65 crore for three years for re-operation of the scheme under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas yojana and gave for approval of the government of India. The camel development scheme can be implemented once we get the amount.
The minister told a special policy for conservation and promotion of camels under which is drafted for camel protection and development policy has been prepared and is under finalization. Home department under the Rajasthan camels (prohibition of slaughter and regulation of temporary migration or export) act, 2015 took action to check to smuggle of camels. so far, 14 camels have been smuggled from the home department level at thana Raji Yasar in Sri Ganga Nagar district and 117 camels at thana Bhadra, pallu, and Goga Medi in hanumangarh in which 21 persons are being arrested.
A cabinet sub-committee has been made for necessary amendments to the Rajasthan camel (prohibition of slaughter and regulation of temporary migration or export) act, 2015.
He said due to potential unprofitable milk business as a result of the availability of the small quantity of camel milk in camel area under the jurisdiction of URMUL milk association Bikaner, milk union Barmer and varmul milk association jodhpur, etc., high transportation cost for collection of camel milk, reduction of shelf life of this milk and huge amount given for setting up of milk processing plant, Rajasthan co-operative dairy federation ltd. The different plant made for milk and milk products of camels in the district milk associations affiliated to it is not appropriate for the institution. Shri Kataria said now, the national level highly convenient institution of Indian council of agricultural research in Bikaner, which is national Centre for camel research, Bikaner is collecting and selling camel milk in its parlor.