Guidelines for Implementation of Livestock Insurance Scheme:
1.Livestock is an important sector of national economy, especially for the rural areas. The supplementary income derived from rearing of livestock is a great source of support to the farmers facing uncertainties of crop production, apart from providing sustenance to poor and landless farmers.
2. For promotion of the livestock sector, it is important that along with providing more effective measures for disease control and improvement of genetic quality of animals, a mechanism of assured protection to the farmers and cattle rearers is required against eventual losses of such animals. In this direction, the Government of India introduced a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) on Livestock Insurance on a pilot basis during 2005-06&2006-07 in 100 selected districts of the country. For the year 2007-08, the scheme continued in the same format in the same 100 districts. A full fledged scheme on Livestock Insurance, which was approved on 20.11.2008, is being implemented in 100 newly selected districts on regular basis. The Government has now extended the scheme in 300 selected districts. The broad guidelines, to be followed by the States for implementing the scheme are detailed below.