After allegedly being met by 'non-cooperation' from the gaushala management committee, led by industrialist Shital Vij, in spite of regular reminders, the advisory committee of the municipal corporation on Tuesday decided to recommend its dissolution.
Listening to a petition filed by local residents, seeking intervention to ensure safety and welfare of cows, the Punjab and Haryana high court had earlier asked the municipal corporation to inspect the site and submit a detailed report on September 24.
An 11-member advisory committee was formed by mayor Sunil Jyoti under the chairmanship of senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia.
The committee held a meeting in Tuesday, in which it decided to recommend dissolution of the cowshed management and other remedial steps.
“The committee visited the gaushalas at Pinjrapole and Bullandpur and interacted with managing committee representatives Ravi Kakkar and Ravi Pandit, petitioner Deepak Jyoti, and experts from the region. Initially, the members cooperated, but later showed reluctance. So, we have decided to take tough measures,” Bhatia told HT after the meeting.
The advisory committee has recommended the reconstruction of the 31-member committee by giving due representation to municipal councillors and cow-lovers of the city.
The committee also suggested that the MC should increase the annual grant to the cowsheds by 50%.
“Looking at the increased commodity rates, we are recommending to the house to increase the grant from `12 lakh to `18 lakh per annum,” he said, adding, “We have also asked the MC officials to release the previous payment of `5 lakh.”
It was also proposed to provide a special-purpose vehicle to the cowshed for emergency transportation of animals, he said.
“The committee also suggested shifting around 100 animals from Pinjrapole cowshed to the cowshed at Bullandpur to ensure more space to the cows housed at Pinjrapole. More than 700 animals have been kept in the cowshed, which has a capacity of 300 only,” he added.
The committee found instances of mismanagement at both cowsheds.
“Permanent staff members who could be held responsible were absent, and the sanitation condition was also not satisfactory, as animals inter-mingled because there was no barricading for segregations.
Veterinary doctors were also not regular. We also advised the committee members to contribute nearly 5 hours daily for the chowsheds,” Bhatia said.
Gaushala Management says
Managing committee chairman Shital Vij said, “The MC team was free to recommend anything. The basic issue is the scarcity of space. We have demanded extra space many times, but to no avail. Unless space is provided, no management can think about the welfare of cows.”
Managament committee president Ravi Kakkar said, “The MC has taken the decision arbitrarily, as they have not considered our submissions genuinely. We will wait for the official communiqué before deciding next course of action.”