Animal husbandry minister Anil Sharma said Tuesday the government would soon introduce a new livestock breeding policy to tackle the stray animal problem in the state. Replying to a question by Gulab Singh Thakur, Inder Singh, Kishori Lal and Randhir Sharma, he said the police, public works department, panchayats, urban local bodies and the animal husbandry department were handing the issue after the high court's order.
"Of the total 3,243 panchayats, registration of animals has been completed in 1,214 panchayats while the process is under way in 2,029 panchayats. 982 panchayats have identified land for construction of cow sheds, while in 577 panchayats the land transfer process is under consideration. The state has 32,130 stray animals as per latest census and it requires Rs. 80 crore for building sheds and Rs. 66 crore every year for fodder arrangements to house all cattle. He the largest number of stray cattle is in Kangra district (10,805) followed by Shimla (5,114), Kullu (3,353) and Mandi (2,578).
The minister also said there are several issues with the cattle registration. "Electric chip is a solution but that could also be removed. 90% of the stray cattle are female," he added.
The Himachal Pradesh High Court had directed the state government to ensure all roads were free from stray cattle by April 30.
`42.50 cr spent on building crash barriers
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said crash barriers had been constructed on 125 kilometers of roads by spending Rs. 42.50 crore. Replying to a question by Maheshwar Singh, he said around 531 meters of crash barriers had been stolen and FIRs had been registered.
Glaciers being monitored: CM
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said regular monitoring of all glaciers is being done through satellite data by the State Council for Science Technology & Environment. "No team has been called from abroad to study these changes. A sum of Rs 12 lakh was spent during fiscal 2014-15 on these studies. The government proposes to continue this monitoring in future also on a regular basis," he said.
Replying to a question by Lahaul-Spiti MLA Ravi Thakur, he said a total of 23 water supply schemes were damaged to floods and Rs. 14.41 lakh was spent on repair them.