Kimti Lal Bhagat, chairman of the Punjab Gau Sewa Commission and district administration engaged in a conflict over the lapse of fund to the tune of Rs 72 lakh in the last three years, in a meeting held here on Tuesday.
Bhagat alleged that the district administration failed to send a proposal before a deadline which led to the lapse of funds meant for around six districts.
“We had received Rs 2 crore but the deputy director failed to send a proposal and the fund of Rs 72 lakh, which was to be disbursed in around six districts lapsed in the last years,” Bhagat said.
However, senior officials of the district administration have refuted the claims of Kimti Bhagat and said that no such funds were given to Mansa despite proposal being sent within the timeframe.
“We have always sent the proposal within the deadline. How is it possible that the proposals never reached the commission in time for the last three years?” said an official on the condition of anonymity.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Bhagat stressed that the proposed cow memorial will be constructed in Joga village despite opposition from the local nagar panchayat.
“It is a historical place as cow slaughter was reported from that village. Though the nagar panchayat is opposing the move, still as promised by the chief minister we will construct a cow memorial. A cattle pound which is obviously the need of the hour, cannot be constructed as the site area is only 2-2.5 acres.”
He further said that cow vigilantes should not take law in their own hands and assist the law enforcement agencies to check the cow slaughter.
On being asked as why the commission has failed to check the menace of stray cattle, Bhagat said that within three months, the commission will be able to resolve the issue.