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Rajasthan collects ₹151 crore through gau seva cess

Of the total income earned from the surcharge, until now the state government has spent ₹138.67 crore on conservation of propagation of cow and its progeny and maintenance of cow shelters.

jaipur Updated: Jul 30, 2017 19:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Rajasthan is among the leading state which has taken innovative steps for the development and maintenance of bovine and cow shelters.(HT PHOTO)

The Rajasthan government has collected ₹151.60 crore in 2016-17 for “gau seva” by imposing 10% surcharge levied on stamp duty for cow conservation and propagation in the year 2016-17.

Of the total income earned from the surcharge, until now the state government has spent ₹138.67 crore on conservation of propagation of cow and its progeny and maintenance of cow shelters.

Rajasthan is among the leading state, which has taken innovative steps for the development and maintenance of bovine and cow shelters. The state is the first to constitute a “gaupalan” or cow protection department in the country.

A government release states that under the Cow Protection and Promotion Fund Rule, 2016, ₹ 126.89 crore has been provided for fodder, water and cattle feed to 4, 71,800 bovines at 1,036 cow shelters across the state.

The state government has spent ₹21 crore from the fund on 196 cow shelters at Jalore, Sirohi and Pali districts, where bovines are in abundance.

A sum of Rs 5. 03 crore was given to cow shelters including Sri Gopal Govardhan, Pathmera, Hanuman Nandi and Golasan in Jalore district as financial, according to the data.

In Barmer and Udaipur districts, Rs 4.46 crore were given to 44 cow shelters for fodder and water. In the year 2015-16, state government spent Rs 1.8 crore for nurturing 4,449 bovines rescued from smuggling and slaughtering, the release said.

Subsequently, in the year 2016-17, Rs 1.6 crore were provided for 4611 bovines, it added.

In 2015-16, the state government saved 4,449 bovines from smuggling and slaughter, and spent ₹1.8 crore for the animals’ upbringing. Similarly, in 2016-17, assistance of ₹1.6 crore was given for 4,611 rescued bovines. This year, the government has sanctioned ₹1.7 crore.

In 2015-16, the state government started a separate scheme for rescued bovines from smuggling and slaughter, under which it sanctioned ₹32 every day for the upkeep of a big bovine and ₹16 for smaller ones for a year.

Earlier, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot had expressed concern over rain-related death of bovines due to infection in government and private cow sheds, especially in Jalore and Sirohi district.

“I have got to know about the death of 536 bovines in Pathmera Gaushalas and several others are on death bed. The BJP government talks a lot about cow protection but the talks are far from reality. State government should take immediate steps to save bovines,” Pilot had said.

Office incharge of Shree Manorama Golok Tirth Nandgaon, a subsidiary of Pathmera Gaushalas, Khetesh Rajpurohit said that due to heavy rainfall in Jalore and Sirohi, more than 800 cows/bovines had died.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 19:05 IST