Updated: July 29, 2021 8:39:34 pm
The gausevaks and gaurakshaks will now be a part of a special cow protection task force notified by the Haryana government — both at the state level and at district level — to prevent cow smuggling and slaughter of cows, rehabilitate the stray cattle, and take legal action against the cattle smugglers.
While the task force at the state level will have six members those at the district level will have 11-members each, as a per a notification issued by the Governor. These task forces will not only prevent illegal transportation, smuggling and slaughtering of cow progeny, but also collect information about smuggling and slaughtering, take legal action, rescue and rehabilitate stray cattle and also provide assistance for arranging the land for gaushalas (cow shelters).
“The Governor is pleased to notify the Special Cow Protection Task Force (SCPTF) for every district and State Level Special Cow Protection Task Force Committee. The main objective of setting up the task force would be to enforce “The Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act-2015” effectively by collecting information regarding cattle smuggling and slaughtering from public and further to take prompt action on such illegal activities after specific inputs received from the public. The other major role of the Cow Protection Task Force will be to rehabilitate stray cattle of the State in Gaushalas/Nandishalas/Gau Abhyaranyas. The cattle rescued from illegal transportation, smuggling and slaughtering of cattle in the State by Special Cow Protection Task Force would be rehabilitated in the Gaushalas/ Nandishalas of the State”, the notification reads.
The Special Cow Protection Task Force Monitoring Committee will comprise six members including chairperson of Haryana Gau Seva Aayog as its chairman, and Special Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management department), Secretary/ Special Secretary (Animal Husbandry and Dairying department), Additional Director General of Police, Additional Legal Remembrancer (Law and Legislative department) and Secretary, Haryana Gau Seva Aayog as its members.
The tenure of the committee would be for a period of three years from the date of notification and its headquarters would be at Panchkula in the office of Haryana Gauseva Aayog. The Committee would meet once in two months, to review the progress and to make strategies for enforcing the provisions of ‘The Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act 2015’ effectively.
At district level, the Special Cow Protection Task Force, will have executive committees comprising Deputy Commissioner as chairperson, and Superintendent of Police, Commissioner (Municipal Corporation/ Committee), Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad-Development and Panchayat Department, District Attorney and Deputy Director (Animal Husbandry and Dairying) as its members. Non-official members comprise three persons nominated by chairperson of the Haryana Gau Seva Aayog and two person from gaurakshak committees/ renowned gausevaks (nominated by Deputy Commissioner). The district police chief will nominate one DSP rank officer.
According to the notification, “The District Special Cow Protection Force will submit a monthly report of action taken during the month directly to the chairperson of the Gauseva Aayog through the chairman of the committee — Deputy Commissioner of the district concerned. The term of the committee will be for three years from the date of notification”.
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