Running out of space, government gaushalas turn away cattle

Apart from government shelters, even private gaushalas have complained of overcrowding in recent months.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published:June 22, 2017 3:44 am
gaushala, cow shelter, over crowded gaushala, gau rakshak, cattle slaughter, cow news In May alone, the civic bodies had impounded over 700 cattle. (Photo by Oinam Anand)

All stray cattle found wandering the capital’s streets are caught by the three municipal corporations and sent to five government-run gaushalas — two each in the North and South and one in the East. In May alone, the civic bodies had impounded over 700 cattle. However, for the past month, the shelters have being turning away cattle as they are “filled to capacity”.

Stating that the situation has become “critical” over the last one month, Director Animal Husbandry, Delhi government, Dr Jitendra Kumar Gaur told The Indian Express, “Stray cattle is a big problem. A solution to this will be found at the earliest.”

Last year, the North civic body caught over 4,300 stray cattle, while the South corporation caught almost the same number from areas under their jurisdiction. On an average, the three MCDs pick up approximately 500 stray cattle per month, officials said. In May, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation had impounded 105 cattle, the East civic body 300 and South 306.

gaushala, cow shelter, over crowded gaushala, gau rakshak, cattle slaughter, cow news For the past month, the shelters have being turning away cattle as they are “filled to capacity”.

The corporation and the animal husbandry department of the state government contribute Rs 20 each per cow per day towards the maintenance of cattle in these gaushalas. The purpose of a gaushala is to provide shelter to stray cattle that do not produce milk. This includes feeding and medical care.

While the North civic body had issues with overcrowding, the SDMC raised concerns with the Delhi government regarding the management of the two gaushalas in its area — Acharya Sushil Muni Gau Sadan in Ghuman Hera, Najafgarh, and Manav Gau Sadan, Rewla Khanpur. However, Director Veterinary Services (SDMC) RBS Tyagi claimed that over the past year, villagers in the area have illegally taken over the Najafgarh gaushala.

Meanwhile, the management of Manav Gau Sadan is contesting the SDMC in the Delhi High Court. Owing to these issues, the SDMC has been sending its cattle to the Dabar Hare Krishna Gaushala under the East corporation’s zone — which receives cattle from East as well as North Delhi.

Apart from government shelters, even private gaushalas have complained of overcrowding in recent months. The management of a gaushala in Kishangarh stated that while they have the capacity to house around 1,000 cattle, they currently are holding 1,700.

According to Dr Gaur, the solutions available to the government are to change the “pathetic conditions” of some gaushalas and accommodate cattle there, or to stop the influx of cattle from other states. “Right now, two gaushalas in Bawana and Harevli are accommodating most of the cattle. But the influx has to be controlled, else the situation could become critical,” he said.

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    bitterhoney
    Jun 23, 2017 at 5:16 am
    Why is there no gaushala in PM house? Modiji should have an state of the art gaushala in PM's house, it will inspire ministers, chief ministers, BJP members to build gaushalas in their residences. Each BJP member should take care of at least 5 cows. Cows loitering on streets, eating garbage, dying on roads give very bad image of India.
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      Saurabh
      Jun 23, 2017 at 6:51 pm
      If only they genuinely understood felt deeply about what they are preaching!! In fact if one were to visit India after reading about the concern so many wrt Cows, he/she may be quite disillusioned to see their conditions - Eating garbage, dying of indigestion, not getting enough to eat. when our preaching practicing doesn't match, there's a good word for it- HYPOCRISY!!
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      bitterhoney
      Jun 23, 2017 at 5:05 am
      If you call cow your mother, love them, take care of them, feed them, house them. If you can not do all this then let them be slaughtered. It will generate job for thousands of butchers.
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        Worried
        Jun 23, 2017 at 12:38 am
        Send all the cows to gaurask.. all the remaining to RSS members and Bjp ministers, mp. mla's workers.. what a irony.. who left his wife for political future will dump anyone..Jago
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          Roby Mani
          Jun 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm
          Send them to Kerala or North East, Plenty of gaushalas in the form of humans are available who will take care of the problem.
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            Employ Ment
            Jun 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm
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              sk
              Jun 22, 2017 at 7:19 pm
              Where are the sons and daughters of gau matas? If each one of them take care of even one cow, there will be no stray cow anywhere in India. Looks like they are more interested in beating beef eaters and cattle transporters than care for their gau mata.
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                Sunder
                Jun 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm
                Why not use Rashtrapati Bhavan lawns ? Kovind will have something enjoyable to do.
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                  Saurabh
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 6:53 pm
                  Yes. We must see that in the coming days. Perhaps the Dung could also be used by the Bhawan for cooking, decoration etc. etc.
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                  Moby Nastro
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm
                  What?God needs protection through human beings and we dobt have space? SHAME! Btw, did you know that my god is number one emitter of methane gas, more than the combined vehicle emission of methane. : timeforchange /are-cows-cause-of-global-warming-meat-methane-CO2
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