Due to Lumpi, 11 thousand animals have died in the state, but the cattle herders have not got any relief from the government. Although the previous government had announced a compensation of Rs 30,000 for the death of a cow to the cattle rearers, but not even a single rupee has been received.
The cattle rearers have raised a demand from the new government that the cattle rearer whose animals have died due to Lumpy virus, should be provided relief from the government.
According to the daily report released by the Animal Husbandry Department, 1,38,573 animals in the state have been infected due to lumpy virus.
At the same time, 4,66,858 animals have been vaccinated across the state by the Animal Husbandry Department.
Lumpi is spread over Shimla, Kangra, Sirmaur, Una, Mandi, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Kullu, Solan and Chamba districts. There are no cases of Lumpi in Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur so far. Director of Animal Husbandry Department Dr. Pradeep Sharma said that the weaker animals are more prone to dying.
There are still 9272 active cases of lumpy virus in Himachal. The former Animal Husbandry Minister had talked about giving compensation of Rs 30,000 to the cattle herders under the State Disaster Management Act, but due to non-declaration of an epidemic, the cattle herders did not get the compensation.
Although the government had raised a demand with the central government to declare Lumpi virus as an epidemic, but neither Lumpi was declared as an epidemic nor the cattle herders got compensation.