On Tuesday, the state government imposed a 0.5 per cent cow welfare cess on excise items to fund such shelters after widespread anger in western UP, where villagers have started herding strays to schools in Agra, Aligarh and Mathura.
The state cabinet meeting, presided by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, okayed the plan and said a 'cow welfare cess" will be imposed for the same, a government spokesman said. The official said temporary cow sheds (gaushalas) will be opened in all villages, panchayats, municipalities, nagar panchayats and municipal corporations.
The resolution, moved by veteran BJP MLA Shankarlal Tiwari, sought an end to the centuries-old practice of ‘era’, where farmers let loose their cows post-harvest to allow them to graze. The practice, members said, was adding to the number of stray cows.
As Bundelkhand faces yet another drought and farmers struggle to provide fodder for their cattle, the number of stray animals, mostly cows and its progeny, in the region is becoming a cause for concern. The district administration of Mahoba, the worst-affected among seven Bundelkhand districts, claims that nearly 80 per cent of 2.16 lakh cows […]