Zila parishad threatens to bring stray bovines to R-Day function
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Zila parishad threatens to bring stray bovines to R-Day function

The local zila parishad has decided to herd stray cattle and push them into the venue for the state-level Republic Day function where chief minister Vasundhara Raje will be present.

jaipur Updated: Jan 17, 2018 22:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bharatpur
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The council members said they will go ahead with plan if government fails to shift the stray bovines into cattle shelters at the earliest. (Representative Picture/HT Photo. )

Peeved at stray bovines destroying standing crop and creating traffic problems in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, the local zila parishad (district council) Wednesday decided to herd such cattle and push them into the venue for state-level Republic Day function where chief minister Vasundhara Raje will also be present.

The 37-member council is led by BJP, also the ruling party in Rajasthan. The party has 19 members in the council followed by Congress (11), six independents and two Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members.

The council members said they will go ahead with plan if government fails to shift the stray bovines into cattle shelters at the earliest.

Earlier at the meeting of the council, BSP’s Pushpendra Singh, the council member from Ward No. 7, raised the issue of crops being destroyed by stray bovines and tabled a proposal to push such cattle into CM’s public meeting on Republic Day.

The proposal received a positive response from all 37 members of the council who were present at the meeting held in the conference hall of district collectorate. Officials from all the departments were present at the meeting.

Council member from Ward No. 33, Congress’s Nem Singh said the state government levies 10% surcharge on stamp duty on rent agreements, mortgage papers, and lease agreement for conservation and propagation of cows. “The revenue generated, however, is not being used for proper upkeep of the cows,” he said.

Zila pramukh Beena Singh confirmed that a proposal was tabled in the meeting seeking a permanent solution to problem of stray bovines.

“We will forward the proposal to government urging it to shift the stray bovines to cattle shelters,” Beena said.

She blamed the farmers for leaving their old and infirm cattle on the roads. Some farmers also let go the bovines once they stop giving milk, she said.

The zila pramukh, however, added that “all should come forward to offer shelter to such stray bovines.”

Contacted, senior vice-president of state Congress Vishvendra Singh said, “We have been demanding to shift the stray cattle to shelters but district administration has remained busy preparing for CM’s programme. Farmers are worried about their crops and they will be forced to push the stray cattle into district collector’s office or other offices if their demands were not fulfilled.”

District BJP president Bhanu Pratap, meanwhile, said they will urge the local administration and government to shift the stray bovines to cattle shelters at the earliest.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 22:07 IST