UP: Hand over cowshed project fund or we will release 15,000 cows!

Panchayat Chiefs express anger at the Yogi-government for failing to provide funds under the ‘Gaushala project,’ to build a shed for animal husbandry.

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Over a dozen Panchayat Chiefs of Banda district in Bundelkhand region threatened to release nearly 15,000 cows in a joint letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath if they do not receive government funds by December 25, 2020, said The Telegraph.

“We have been running 43 cowsheds since 2018, when the state government built cowsheds for abandoned animals,” leaders wrote in the letter.

The letter stated that the Chiefs had not received funds after April due to which they began running a cowshed on their own. According to one of the village head leaders Gyan Singh, “Our tenure as the Gram Panchayat Chief will end on December 25. We will then release the cattle, so that they do not die of hunger in the cowshed.”

Singh said that these stray cows have been kept in 43 sheds until recently. After Friday, the Panchayat Chiefs will become caretakers until upcoming rural elections. The election process will begin next week. The state government has to pay Rs. 30 per cow every day to gram panchayats. However, for unclear reasons, most districts have not received funds since February this year.

The Yogi government allocated Rs. 613 crores for cow welfare for the financial year 2019-20. However, no such funds have been allocated for the current financial year.


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