Assistance to States for Control of Animal Diseases (ASCAD)
Under this component, assistance is provided to State/Union Territory Governments for control of economically important and zoonotic diseases of livestock and poultry by way ofimmunization, strengthening of existing State Veterinary Biological Production Units, strengthening of existing Disease Diagnostic Laboratories and in-service training to Veterinarians and Para-veterinarians. Under this programme, funds are also provided for vaccination against canine rabies and for control of endo- parasites in cattle & buffaloes. The programme is being implemented on 60:40 sharing basis between Centre and States except in North Eastern and 3 Himalayan States (Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand) where the funding is on 90: 10 Centre: State sharing basis, whereas 100% central share for Union Territories. However, 100% assistance is provided for conducting training and holding workshop/seminar. The State Biological Production Units are also being strengthened to make them GMP compliant with the assistance of central share of Rs. 10 crore per unit, under the programme. Besides this, the programme envisages collection of information on the incidence of various livestock and poultry diseases from States and Union Territories and compiling the same for the whole country. The information compiled at headquarter is notified to World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on every six monthly basis.