Uttar Pradesh Livestock and Milk Development Minister Dharampal Singh today reviewed departmental projects at the Directorate of Animal Husbandry. An explanation was sought from 18 Chief Veterinary Officers for negligence and non-presentation of correct data on destitute cattle during the review meeting. He also warned of strict action against negligence in protecting the helpless cattle. During the review, Dharmapal Singh sought an explanation from the Chief Veterinary Officer of Muzaffarnagar, Bahraich, Ballia for not furnishing the correct information of destitute cattle and even gave adverse entries to the clerk at Bareilly. An explanation has also been sought from the Veterinary Officers of Hardoi, Aligarh, Kaushambi, Jalaun, Fatehpur, Gautam Budh Nagar, Gorakhpur, Hapur, Baghpat, Mahoba, Ghaziabad, Hamirpur for not submitting reports regarding pastures made for animals. Along with this, the Chief Veterinary Officer of Mathura and Bulandshahr has ordered action with clarification if there is no progress in the department’s plans as expected.
The special operation against destitute cattle will continue from November 1
In Uttar Pradesh, from November 1 to December 31, the state government will conduct a special drive to save destitute cattle in shelters. Livestock Minister has also warned to take strict action if any official-employee shows negligence or indifference in this work. The task of taking the destitute cattle to the shelter will be done in mission mode by December 31. Strict action will be taken against any officer if he fails to achieve his target within this period and homeless cattle are found roaming in farmer’s fields, roadsides, villages or city streets. Livestock Minister Dharampal Singh said officers should carry out the job of cow conservation with honesty, responsibility and sensitivity. He said that sensitivity should be taken to protect cattle and help of special mobile squads, tractors and cattle catchers should be taken.
The special drive to de-encroach the remaining grazing lands will continue till October 30
Additional Chief Secretary Livestock Rajnish Dubey has directed a special campaign to reach destitute cattle shelters, expand cow shelter capacity and de-encroachment of grazing lands by October 30. He asked the officials to conduct a special operation for 10 days till October 30 to free the remaining unoccupied land. He said that 45.07 hectares of grazing lands have been cleared so far under the campaign in 57 districts of the state and green pastures have also been sown in 72.03 hectares of land. Currently there are 6943 cow ashram sites in which 1211247 cows are kept.