Several philanthropists and organisations have extended their help for the animals crammed in miserable conditions at city gaushalas.
HT had highlighted the pitiable conditions of the animals housed in one of the cowsheds near Devi Talaab. As many as 750 animals were housed in the gaushala meant for nearly 300 cows. Subhash Makrandi, the organisational secretary of Gau Gram Sewa Samiti, a unit patronised by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, while talking to HT said, "The situation of the cowsheds at Jalandhar is pitiful and for the sake of welfare of the cows, we will talk to the management and try to improve the conditions of the cowsheds."
"With a group of gau sewaks from different cowsheds, we will visit the gaushala. We will re-elect the management, if needed. In Punjab, when several other gaushalas are being managed effectively, it is surprising that in this Hindu dominant city, gaushalas have poor infrastructure," he said.
Vice president, Punjab Pardesh Mahila Congress, Nimisha Mehta said, "It is time to mobilise the gau sewaks across the state for welfare of cows living in miserable conditions." Senior deputy mayor, Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia said, "Several people have come forward and offered their services for the cowsheds. We are finalising the schedules of all sewaks to ensure effective service from them."
Lapses pointed by MCJ
Overcrowding of animals
Lack of hygiene and sanitation
In sufficient fodder
Lack of dedication among committee members
Lack of manager to take care of animals
Absence of veterinary doctors
Subhash Makrandi, organisational secretary, Gau Gram Sewa Samiti
We will show a presentation to the committee members about the maintenance of other cowsheds in Punjab to motivate them. Cows are sacred animals.
Nimisha Mehta, vice president, Mahila Congress
With the carelessness of committee members, condition of the mute animals have become apathetic. By launching contact-programmes in temples across the city, we will sensitise people to come forward for the welfare of cows.
Kamaljeet Bhatia, senior deputy mayor, MCJ
We will try to improve the conditions of the cowsheds before submitting the report to Punjab and Haryana High Court. It is the matter of prestige for our city. I am getting numerous calls every day from the cow lovers, extending help.