The Gujarat Government has launched the Gauchar Vikas Yojna (Pastoral Land Development Scheme) as pilot project in the 100 villages of the state. On the basis of the experience in these 100 villages, the scheme will be replicated throughout the state.
The Gujarat Government has formed Gaucher Vikas Fund by which the scheme will be funded.
Under the scheme, Panchayat, Rural Housing and the Rural Development department will carry out activities like removal of encroachments on the gauchar land, wire fencing, land levelling, soil improvement, micro irrigation, removal of non-useful tress, plantation of grass, facility for grass storage and sale, use of canal and irrigation water etc.
While selecting 100 village Panchayats for the pilot projects Samras Panchayats have been given preference. The State Government has allocated Rs.100 crore for the first phase.