Indore: New government’s initiative to set up gaushalas in every gram panchayat seems have reached an impasse in the district. None of the total 312-gram panchayats of Indore could identify land appropriate for setting up cowsheds.
Following state government’s instructions, the district administration had instructed officials to find 0.5-hectare land in every gram panchayat of Indore but hasn’t received any positive response in last two weeks. “We have issued a reminder instructing officials to find appropriate land in their respective area and inform authorities as soon as possible so that it can be forwarded to state government,” land records superintendent Swati Jamara said.
As per instructions received in a video-conference from state government, Zila panchayat has asked officials concerned to look for land, preferable near highways and major roads, so that, stray cattle can be kept in the cowshed. Besides, land to be marked for cowshed should cover three to four villages with the availability of water.
“There are 31 cowsheds operated by different organizations in the district, where around 6,000 cattle are kept while around 2,000 animals are expected to be straying. The idea behind opening cowsheds in gram panchayat level it to provide these cattle shelter and prevent road accidents,” Zila panchayat CEO Neha Meena told TOI.
The cattle freed by rearers after they stop giving milk will be kept in the proposed cowsheds. To ensure cattle are taken care of, authorities are contemplating seeking the participation of public and NGOs.
Before coming to power, Congress had promised in its manifesto to open a gaushala in every gram panchayat after forming the government. They have announced to open 1,000 cowsheds in the first phase and will gradually cover the rest of the state.
Date: 05 Feb 2019