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More Uttar Pradesh jails to house cow shelters

After the Provincial Armed Constabulary turned down the recommendation of Gau Sewa Ayog to set up cow shelters on its compounds, the home department has devised an alternative plan of setting up ‘guashalas’ in prisons across UP.

lucknow Updated: Feb 10, 2018 15:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh,Prisons
The Bharatiya Janata Party government, led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, is showing keen interest in cow welfare schemes in UP, Gau Sewa Ayog has gained prominence. (HT)

After the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) turned down the recommendation of Gau Sewa Ayog to set up cow shelters on its compounds, the home department has devised an alternative plan of setting up ‘guashalas’ in prisons across UP, officials said.

Cow shelters already running in at least 12 prisons
  • Principal secretary, home and prisons, Arvind Kumar said the state police top brass earlier discussed the recommendations of Gau Sewa Ayog (cow welfare commission) seeking gaushalas on PAC battalions’ premises and forwarded it to heads of the departments concerned but they did not find it feasible.
  • “In reply to Gau Sewa Ayog’s recommendation, the home department suggested that cow shelters can be set up in prisons across the state. Prisons have adequate space and manpower to manage it,” another senior official in the home department said.
  • Cow shelters are already running in at least 12 prisons which include district jails in Barabanki, Sultanpur, Sitapur, Bareilly, Unnao and Agra and central jails in Varanasi, Fatehgarh, Agra, Bareilly and Naini (Allahabad) besides modern jail in Lucknow.

Principal secretary, home and prisons, Arvind Kumar said the state police top brass earlier discussed the recommendations of Gau Sewa Ayog (cow welfare commission) seeking gaushalas on PAC battalions’ premises and forwarded it to heads of the departments concerned but they did not find it feasible.

“In reply to Gau Sewa Ayog’s recommendation, the home department suggested that cow shelters can be set up in prisons across the state. Prisons have adequate space and manpower to manage it,” another senior official in the home department said.

“Authorities at most of the 69 prisons in the state have shown interest in setting up cow shelters on their premises,” he said.

Veterinary officer, Gau Sewa Ayog, Dr Pradeep (goes by his first name), said: “We had earlier forwarded a letter seeking cow shelters on the premises of PAC battalions but the proposal was not accepted. We have been informed that more cow shelters will come up in prisons. It is a welcome decision.”

Cow shelters are already running in at least 12 prisons which include district jails in Barabanki, Sultanpur, Sitapur, Bareilly, Unnao and Agra and central jails in Varanasi, Fatehgarh, Agra, Bareilly and Naini (Allahabad) besides modern jail in Lucknow.

As the Bharatiya Janata Party government, led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, is showing keen interest in cow welfare schemes in UP, Gau Sewa Ayog has gained prominence. The commission is being headed by retired IAS officer Rajiv Gupta.

Kumar said PAC battalions were already burdened with work and had shortage of manpower. He said the idea would be implemented after more personnel were recruited.

In November last year, Gau Sewa Ayog had written to the home department and the director general of police (DGP) headquarters seeking support for promotion of cow welfare activities.

The proposal was, however, turned down by the DGP headquarters. In December, Gau Sewa Ayog again wrote to the home and the DGP headquarters but the proposal was turned down for the second time in January by the PAC authorities.

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 15:10 IST