Even though municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) has not received a single instalment of cow cess that various government departments were notified to give, it is already aiming for a revenue of around Rs 6 crore annually.
Joint commissioner Daljit Kaur said that in a recently held meeting with various government departments that have been asked to impose cow tax on various items, it was estimated that the MCJ will receive around Rs 6 crore that will be used for the maintenance of the cow pound and rehabilitating of stray cattle.
On June 16, the state government had issued a notification of imposing cow cess on various items and services including India-made foreign liquor, purchase of four-wheelers, electricity and per rounds of oil tankers and all respective government offices such as the income tax department, district food and civil supply office, district transport office, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) were directed to send the monthly recovery to MCJ.
Officials informed that they will again release notices to the departments to submit the cess received by them.
The MCJ is currently shedding Rs 12 lakh annually for the maintenance of two existing cow pounds, one near Devi Talab Mandir and another at Bulandpur under its preview. The MCJ allots Rs 50,000 each on monthly basis to both the cow sheds.
With no proper mechanism at place with the civic body to stop the growing menace of stray cattle that has also led to various accidents on the road, the local department is eyeing at cow cess so that they can upgrade their system to control the rising population of cattle in the city.
Officials dealing with stray cattle at MCJ told that there are over 3,000 stray cattle presently in the city. “People from nearby villages leave their cattle in the city, once they stop giving milk. The practice is going unchecked that has posed a big challenge for us,” an official said.
The officials also said that they are receiving no help from the animal husbandry department. “It is their responsibility too to make arrangements for the injured cattle left on the road,” said an official.
Meanwhile, the MCJ has one vehicle and four employees to lift injured cattle from the streets, after receiving complaints on the same.
However, the civic body does not have any arrangement to treat the cattle. They are dependent on local non-government organisation Animal Helpline, an animal shelter-cum-rehabilitation centre based in Police Line area where they leave the injured cattle. The NGO does not receive any fund support from the MCJ.