July 30, 2017:
As on date the Haryana has 437 Gaushalas to accommodate 3.2 lakh Cows.
In Haryana Cow owners may soon have the option of sending their cows to a ‘hostel’ if they do not have enough space for them
Haryana Gau Sewa Aayog, an autonomous body constituted by the state govt. in 2013, will soon send its proposal of setting up “cow hostels” across the state to CM Manohar Lal Khattar.
Aayog chairman-Bhani Ram Mangla told The Sunday Express that he has discussed this proposal with Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain, who, he said, wanted the “1st such cow hostel to come up in Sonipat, her assembly constituency.”
The Aayog, which plans to seek land from Urban Local Bodies Dept. to construct these cow sheds or “cow hostels”, wants to 1st run a pilot – start such hostels in 1 or 2 towns – before replicating the same in the other parts of the state “keeping in view the response to such hostels”.
Plan is to keep about 50 cows in each hostel, Mangla said, adding, “We’ll allow admission only to indigenous cows & not cross-bred ones.”
“If all goes well, we’ll set up societies for the management of each cow hostel. The societies will work like Resident Welfare Associations,” Mangla said, adding that the Urban Local Bodies Dept. would have ownership over the land & the societies would pay rent to the dept.
While these societies will charge an “Accommodation fee”, the cow owners “will be able to use the milk for domestic purposes. They’ll also be free to sell the milk.”
The Aayog hopes the cow hostels will ensure protection of cows while helping to control the number of stray cattle on the roads. According to the Livestock Census of 2012, there are 1.48 lakh stray cows on the roads.
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