In a major crackdown at the people involved in the cases of cattle smuggling and cow slaughter, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal on Wednesday directed the concerned officials to constitute an 11-member ‘Special Cow Task Force’ at the district level. The force will consist of government and non-government members, including police, animal husbandry, officers of the Urban Local Bodies Department and five members of Haryana GauSevaAyog, gaurakshas committees and cow servants.
The Chief Minister instructed that the main objective of setting up the Task Force is to collect information about cattle smuggling and cow slaughter through informers and their intelligence network across the state and take prompt action on such illegal activities after information received from informers. The Chief Minister gave these instructions while presiding over the meeting of Haryana GauSeva Commission on Wednesday. Chairman of the Commission, Shravan Kumar Garg and officials of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy were present in the meeting.
Khattar said that the government will provide a grant to all the Gaushalas and this amount will be provided according to the proportion of productive and non-productive cattle. He said that according to the resolution passed in the Legislative Assembly, no government grant will be provided to the gaushalas keeping less than 33 per cent of the unusable animals. The Chief Minister said that Rs. 100 per livestock will be given every year to the gaushalas keeping 33 per cent to 50 per cent unused animals.
The official statement read, “Gaushala with 51 to 75 per cent non-productive cattle will receive a grant of ? 200 per year per livestock and Gaushala with 76 to 99 per cent of non-productive cattle will receive a grant of ? 300 per year per livestock. Gaushala with 100 per cent non-productive cattle will receive a grant of ? 400 per year per livestock.”
The Chief Minister said that Rs. 400 per livestock will be given every year to gaushalas keeping 100 per cent unusable animals. He instructed Haryana GauSevaAyog to prepare a detailed budget action plan as per the above-mentioned terms and conditions.
The Chief Minister directed the concerned officers and members of Haryana GauSeva Aayog to verify the number of stray animals kept in the cowsheds. Apart from this, instructions were also given to prepare data on the total number of animals including useful and unutilized and destitute animals currently being kept in gaushalas across the state. It was decided in the meeting that the grant being given to the gaushalas will be provided only on the recommendations of the Haryana Cow Service Commission. Apart from this, it was also decided that the categories of useful and unused animals would be redefined. Electricity rates from gaushalas will be charged at Rs 2 per unit. In the meeting, a decision was also taken to provide Panchayati land to the new gaushalas at affordable rates.