In a bid to help those affected by the drought-like situation, elected representatives of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have urged the civic administration to start the ‘Godhan Datak Yojana’ to adopt cattle in the rural parts of the city.
“The civic administration has been urged to consider the implementation of the proposal of elected representatives to adopt cattle suffering because of the drought-like situation,” said Ashwini Kadam, chairperson of the standing committee.
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Congress corporators Chandusheth Kadam and Mukari Algude, NCP leader Shankar Kemse, along with BJP corporators Rajendra Shilimkar and Srickant Jagtap, made the proposal.
The state was facing one of the worst droughts after 1972 and many districts were witnessing farmer suicides, while cattle were dying due to lack of sufficient water and food, they said, adding that cities needed to help people in rural areas to enable villages to cope with the tough situation.
“It is necessary for us to come together for the cattle wealth of the rural area. We are aiming for the smart city tag so we should also work for the rural area by starting with the cattle adoption scheme. It could encourage other municipal corporations as well,” they said.
The 25-acre barren land at Mundhwa should be used to cultivate fodder for cattle, they said adding that the civic body should open a bank account for those willing to contribute towards the cattle adoption scheme.
They also urged citizens with vacant land to give it to the PMC to cultivate fodder so that it could be used for the survival of cattle.