State-owned milk federation Omfed has decided to launch a pension
scheme for the milk farmers from this year. About 10,000 milk farmers
would be covered in the scheme initially, which would be gradually
expanded.Under the Centre-sponsored scheme, an Omfed
Dairy Farmers’ Welfare Fund would be created and every farmer would have
to contribute Rs 1,000 a year with the Centre pitching in with a
matching amount. From the fifth year, Omfed would take over and
contribute the amount paid by the Centre, CMD Satyabrata Sahu said.
86th Board of Directors meeting held here has also announced a slew of
social security measures for the farmers and their family members to be
introduced from this year. Farmers who have provided milk between 1,000
litres and 750 litres for 250 days over three successive years would be
covered under insurance.Their kin would be provided with insurance amount of Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively on natural or accidental death.The
federation has also announced incentives in the form of scholarships
and prizes for the children of the dairy farmers registered with it.
children of dairy farmers who top in the HSC and Plus Two examinations
would be presented with cash award of Rs 20,000. For State Board
Matriculation, CBSE and ICSE students, those securing more than 70 per
cent marks would be awarded Rs 5,000.Those cracking the IIT and
JEE would be provided with Rs 20,000, the Board decided. Presently, over
2.5 lakh dairy farmers are registered with Omfed and are supplying four
lakh litres of milk on an average daily.