Himachal Govt to evolve technology for identification of stray and abandoned cattle

While presiding over Himachal Govthe first meeting of ‘Gau Vansh Samvardhan Board’ held at Shimla today, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh said that a technology should be evolved for identification of the stray and abandoned cattle, which should be cost-effective and feasible.

He said that there was a need of accurate census of the cattle and there should be a provision to catch hold of the person who abandons his cow or oxen. He said that all the genuine ‘Gau Sadans’ (Shelter home for cows) needs to be registered and the government had adequate funds for running them.

He stressed upon periodical inspection of Gau Sadans not only by the district level officers but by the officers from the state headquarter as well.
The Chief Minister said that only ‘Gau Sadan’ under the control of government at Khajjian in Nurpur of district Kangra needs to be expanded. More sheds were required to be constructed with adequate staff.

He said that it was unfortunate that the cows and oxen were abandoned after they stop giving milk or becomes unable for ploughing fields. The Board had been constituted for preservation, welfare and development of cow species in the State with an aim to exercise supervision over the established Gau Sadans.

At present there were around 130 Gau Sadans in the State and 95 more shelter homes for cows were being constructed, stated Onkar Chand Sharma, Secretary, Rural development and Panchayati Raj.