Himachal to provide land to build cow shelters

Chief Minister said that the State Government would provide its land on lease to NGOs for construction of ‘Gau Sadan’ to provide shelter to the stray animals besides medical care and would be constructed under government control. He was addressing a public meeting at Harsi in Jaisinghpur Sub Division of Kangra district. He dedicated the Jaisinghpur and Harsi-Sanghol Augmented Water Supply Schemes completed at a cost of Rs. 58.78 lakh and Rs. 75.12 lakh respectively. He also dedicated double laned motorable bridge over Sari khad on Jaisinghpur-Harsipattan road constructed at a cost of Rs. 100.60 lakh to the people of the area.Chief Minister said that country was known for the care it showed towards domestic animals who had been a significant part of the rural life and added that people who were rearing domestic animals needed to care for them and leaving them astray may attract fine and maintenance charges.

Virbhadra Singh said that State Government would issue shooting licenses for saving the crops from wild boars which were increasing in rural areas and also to check monkey menace. He said that services of the wild life experts would be requisitioned to protect the people and their farms from attack from wild animals. He said that State Forest Department would grow wild feed plants in the forests to meet the food requirements of wild boars and monkeys so that they were not forced to migrate to urban areas and villages. He said that it would help in keeping wild life confined to forests and would save the people and their crops from damage. He said that his Government was concerned and alive to situation arising out of the wild and stray animal problem and extensive exercise to check the menace was in progress.

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