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Tamil Nadu Milch Cow Distribution Scheme

Milch Cow Distribution Scheme

Tamil Nadu Milch Cow Distribution Scheme

The State Government of Tamil Nadu has initiated a “Scheme for Distribution of Goat/Sheep/Milch Cow” for the poor beneficiaries in the rural areas in order to enhance their standard of living. Under this scheme, the Government of Tamil Nadu will distribute free goat, sheep and milch cow to the people belongs to backward areas in various districts of the State. Let us look in detail about the Tamil Nadu Milch Cow Distribution scheme in this article.

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Objective of the Scheme

The primary objective of the Tamil Nadu Milch Cow scheme is to promote the rearing of sheep, cattle and goats in the State. Under this scheme the extended subsidy will be provided to the Below Poverty Line (BPL), Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) category people by the Government. Thus the Animal husbandry Department is implementing various beneficiary oriented schemes for the economic upliftment and welfare of the poor and downtrodden. The scheme has been implemented by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services for the economic upliftment and welfare of the poor rural women beneficiaries and downtrodden. This measure ensures to boost productivity and production of milk in the state.

Salient Features of the Scheme

Scheme for Free Distribution of Milch Cows:

  • The Scheme is prioritized in those Districts where the number of Milk Cooperative societies is less than the number of revenue villages.
  • In such Districts, the distribution of Milch Cows is taken up in those Village Panchayats where there are no Primary Milk Cooperative Societies. Consequent to the distribution of Milch Cows, Primary Milk Cooperative Societies are formed in these Village Panchayats and milk is procured from the beneficiaries.
  • Lactating cows that are in first/second lactation that are procured so as to ensure a continuous production for the next 5 lactations. The age of the cow should not exceed 5 years.
  • Milch cows are procured at the rate of 1 cow per eligible household. In order to empower the women, it is decided that the actual beneficiary will be the woman of the household.
  • The procedure of sourcing Milch Cows from outside the State only and purchasing by the beneficiaries themselves is being followed.
  • An amount of Rs.30,000 is earmarked for the purchase of a Milch Cow per beneficiary. In addition, an amount of Rs.1,000 is allocated for the travel of beneficiary to the shandy of the neighbouring State for the purchase of animal and another Rs.2,000 or Rs.3,000 (depending on the District) is earmarked for transportation of the animal to their village through a secured manner.

Scheme for Free Distribution of Goats/Sheep

  • Out of 4 Goat/Sheep given to each beneficiary, one male and 3 females, is a must. All the Goats/Sheep must be about 6 months of age.
  • Beneficiaries are permitted to purchase the Goats/Sheep themselves from the local market shandies within the State/from breeders supplying good quality Goats/Sheep from the neighbouring State shandies in case of the bordering districts.
  • In order to empower women, it has been decided that the actual beneficiary will be the Woman of the household.
  • An amount of Rs.2,500 is earmarked for the purchase of a Goat/Sheep and in addition, another Rs.500 is marked as the seed money for the construction of shed/procurement of the nutrients per animal – thus totalling Rs.3,000 per Goat/Sheep, and Rs.12,000 per beneficiary. In addition, an amount of Rs.150 per beneficiary is earmarked for transportation of animals from shandy to their village.

Also read, National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD)

Insurance Assistance

Training on best practices is provided at Government cost to all the beneficiaries for 3 days for which a sum of Rs.300 is allocated per beneficiary at Rs.100 per day.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Tamil Nadu Milch Cow scheme,  the applicants will have to fulfil the following criteria:

For the Distribution of Goats/Sheep:

  • The applicant must be a permanent resident of the Village Panchayat.
  • The eligible applicant must be the Landless Agriculture Laborer.
  • The beneficiary household must have at least one member with the age group of 18 to 60 years to effectively rear the Goats/sheep.
  • Applicant must not own any Cow, Goat or Sheep.
  • For the scheme eligibility, the beneficiary must not be an employee of Centra or State Government or any Cooperative/Organization or member or any Local Body (nor should their spouse or parents/son/daughter/son-in-law/daughter-in-law be so).
  • The beneficiary should not have already benefited from the free Milch Cows Distribution Scheme of the Government.
  • Women Headed households are to be granted priority. (Widows, Destitute and the disabled Women to be given priority within this group)
  • The applicant must belong to the BPL or SC or ST Category.

For the Distribution of Milch Cows:

  • Under this scheme, the women-headed households will be given priority. (Widows, Destitute and the disabled women to be given preference within this group).
  • The beneficiary must be a resident of Village Panchayat with the age of below 60 years.
  • Applicant must not hold the land over 1 acre in their name or in the name of the family members. However, owning some property is preferable, since it will enable the production of green fodder in one’s own land.
  • A beneficiary must not own any cows or Buffaloes at present
  • A beneficiary should not be an employee of Central/State Government or any Organization/Cooperative or member of any Local Body (nor should their spouse or parents/son/daughter/son-in-law/daughter-in-law be so)


  • Under this scheme, the beneficiary is only benefited by anyone scheme of either Goats/Sheep or Milch Cow.
  • At least 30% of beneficiaries from the Village Panchayat should necessarily belong to SC/ST (SC-29% and ST-1%) community. In case of non-availability in any of the above categories in the village panchayat, the shortfall must be made up within the District by the District Collector or overall in the State by Director of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services.

Application Procedure for the Scheme

To avail the benefits of this Tamil Nadu Milch Cow Distribution Scheme, the interested applicants can file an application in the prescribed format seeking the assistance subsidy under the scheme. The following is the application procedure for the Tamil Nadu Milch Cow Distribution Scheme.

Step 1: Identification Process of Beneficiaries

  • The number of target beneficiaries for each District will be decided by the Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (DAH&VS) based on the strength of the rural population of the District. In the District, the concerned official will be the overall in- charge of the process of identification of beneficiaries.
  • Within each District, the Village Panchayats will be elected in such a manner that approximately one-fifth of the beneficiaries will be covered in each block in a year and the beneficiaries of a particular Village Panchayat will be fully met within the year itself.
  • The beneficiaries who are identified by the Village Level Committee as per the norms and their names are all approved by the Gram Sabha as the poorest people in the village.

Step 2: Scheme Application Form

  • The District Collector will arrange a meeting of the Gram Sabha in the Village Panchayat will explain the features of the Scheme and the eligibility details of the beneficiaries.
  • The applications for the Free Goats/Sheep/Milch Scheme will be sought for in this Gram Sabha meeting from the interested beneficiaries. A one week time period will also be given for the further receipt of applications.

Note: The scheme application form can be filled by visiting Animal Husbandry official website and the same has been reproduced below for the reference:

application form of TN milch cows distribution scheme

Step 3: Submit the Application

  • The application has to be filled out the application form with every requested information in the form and submit the same to the Village Level Committee members or directly to the Village Panchayat.
  • Once the application is verified by the Village Administrative Officer concerned, the approved list will be displayed in the Notice of Village Panchayat and other prominent places in the Village Panchayat.

Step 4: Distribution of Animals

  • The free Goats/Sheep will be distributed at the price of 4 Goats/Sheep per household.
  • While distributing Goats/Sheep to the beneficiaries, the following criteria should be followed:
  • Out of 4 Goats/Sheep to be given to each beneficiary, one should ordinarily be male and three should be females. All the goats/sheep should be about six to eight months of age.
  • Goats/Sheep from neighbouring States /districts are permitted to be purchased, provided they are of the good quality breed.
  • All Goats/Sheep procured and distributed under the Scheme should bear a unique Identification Tag in the left ear. No Goat/Sheep, which has already got a tag or hole on any of the ears, should be purchased under this Scheme.

Step 5: Training of beneficiaries

  • The beneficiaries will be provided training for 3 days at locations near their villages and the cost for training will be provided from funds allocated under Training.

Step 6: Beneficiary Involved in Procurement Process

  • The Director of Animal Husbandry will allocate funds to the Regional Joint Directors of Animal Husbandry based on the number of animals to be distributed in the District concerned.
  • The beneficiaries (or their representatives) will select Goats/Sheep as per the stipulation and themselves fix the price with the seller through negotiations.