Bhopal : Homeless bovine will be kept in the cow shelters. Cows, bulls and strollers will now not be seen wandering in the streets. In the initial phase, stray cows bulls, found roaming in Bhopal city, will be captured and kept in the cow shelters. This campaign will be started from Jan 16. More than 5 thousand stray cattle will be rehabilitated in cow shelters in Bhopal city. This decision was taken at an inter-departmental meeting held at the Mantralaya today under the chairmanship of Animal Husbandry, Fishermen Welfare and Fisheries Development Minister Shri Lakhan Singh Yadav.

Additional Chief Secretary Animal Husbandry Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Bhopal Divisional Commissioner Shri Kavindra Kiyawat, Commissioner MNREGA Sushri G.V. Rashmi, Collector Dr. Sudam Khande, Secretary Jail Shri Rajiv Dube, D.I.G. Shri Dharmendra Choudhury, Commissioner Municipal Commissioner Shri B. Vijay Dutta, Director Animal Husbandry Dr. R.K. Rokade, M.D. MPLDC Dr. H.B.S. Bhadouria and other officers were present.

Shri Yadav said that the homeless bovine in the state are being registered with the UID tag. Cow shelters will be opened in areas near the highways first beginning with Bhopal as a pilot project. He told the Bhopal Divisional Commissioner, Collector and Commissioner Municipal Corporation to launch the campaign on war footing. After the campaign is launched, he will take stock of areas from where the homeless bovine have been removed between January 22 and 25. He said that if any stray cattle is found during the inspection, stern action will be taken against the officers-employees responsible for the area.

Additional Chief Secretary issues instructions

ACS Shri Shrivastav told Collector Bhopal that in the next three days, they should assess the total capacity of all 7 Kanji houses in the city so that the bovine caught can be kept there. Similarly, he told them to hold discussion with the managers of all the 27 cow shelters run in Bhopal district and assess their capacity so that homeless bovine could be accommodated. Apart from this, other arrangements should also be ensured. Shri Shrivastava told to warn cowherds not to abandon or leave their cattle on the roads otherwise their cows would be caught and sent to kanji houses/cow shelters and they will be heavily penalized.

It is reported in the meeting that the number of homeless bovine is 4 lakh 37 thousand 910. There are a total number of 1285 registered cow shelters in the state of which 614 are functional and 1 lakh 53 thousand 834 of which are ‘gauvansh’. The number of gauvansh is based on the animal census of year 2012. There are approximately 6 lakh homeless bovine as estimated by the department in the year 2018. Discussion was held on identifying venues for opening of shelter homes for stray bovine, financial management for governance of the cattle etc.