Failing to tackle the stray cattle menace, the Punjab government is now planning to act strict against the livestock owners who abandon the cattle after failing to get benefits from them.
State finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said to tackle the problem, the government was planning to act tough against those responsible for stray cattle menace.
Dhindsa said, “The people left abandon their cows on the roads after failing to get milk from them and we are planning to take strict action against that persons.”
The minister was here to chair the meeting of district grievances committee in Patiala.
The issue was raised by the committee members stating the menace hazardous for the residents and commuters on roads.
In the fields, the stray cattle damage standing crops and on roads in the cities and towns, they become the cause of accidents, including fatal ones.
He added that government has constructed a cattle pond in every district for the better care of stray animals and would also provide financial aid to the non-governmental cow sheds for this vision.
He said, “Along with the construction of the governmental cattle ponds, the cess will be used for the welfare of cows and the government will also give 4-5 lakh to each non-government cowshed across the Punjab.” Other grievances The other problems like shortage of doctors in government hospitals, poor condition of rural-road connectivity and encroachment upon village common lands and ponds also raised by the members and residents during the meeting.
“I have requested the administration for several times for the proper fencing and availability water resources inside the Gurdialpura wildlife sanctuary area, but they did not heed towards appeals,” said numberdar (or lambardar, revenue official) Surjit Singh, who attended the meeting.
Another member of the committee raised the issue of shortage of specialist doctors in the hospitals and dispensaries in like Bhadson and Ghanour towns of the district.
Dhindsa directed the administrative officials to take the issues seriously and act dedicatedly towards the pending development works in their respective fields.