KUMARHATTI: To make animalsâ€™ issue political, the HP Kisan Sabha has held an all parties public rally at Garhkhal near here today. Besides CPI and CPM the Congress party has also participated in rally. The political parties were requested to attend the rally and tell the villagers about their respective plans to handle the animals menace problem.
The rally was convened under Kisan Sabha drive to make parties accountable on animalsâ€™ damage to crop on large scale.
Mr. Raghu Raj the sitting Congress MLA from Kasauli Constituency said that problem of stray cattle was a man made. It was farmersâ€™ duty to take full care of his cattle. He said that during its rule the Congress has taken many steps to counter the animalsâ€™ problem. The Solan district has already three Gaushala where the unproductive abandoned cattleâ€™s were kept, he maintained.
Mr. Ramesh Chauhan the President of Kasauli Congress Committee said that the government has already announced to make all panchayats having over 500 cattle to register them properly. This arrangement has been made to find those farmers who abandoned their cattle after they turned unproductive, he asserted.
Mr. N.D. Rannot the CPM Solan District Secretary assured to add the problem in party manifesto. The CPM was fighting from Arki seat in Solan. If our candidate got elected from seat we would highlight the issue in Vidhan Sabha prominently, he maintained.
The subsides in cattle fodder should be enhanced on the pattern of European countries, said Mr. Tikender Singh, President of HP Kisan Sabha. In the lack this, farmers were left no other option than to abandon their cattle, he said. The export of monkeys should be opened again, he pointed out.
He said the successive state governments have failed to understand the problem hence large tract of arable land has turned barren. Without agriculture the farmer has left meager income avenues to make their both ends meet, he said adding it was a high time for political parties to come on a common platform to save farmers from problem.
The animal menace has emerged as a major threat to farm occupation in area, opined Mr. Pyare Lal Verma the Secretary of Solan Kisan Sabha. The vet facilities should be made available at grassroots level so that farmers could get maximum benefits of it. The most of cattle were abandoned for want of timely vet facilities, he remarked.
Mr. G.C.Bhardwaj, a State Secretariat Member of CPI also assured to lend his party support for Kisan Sabha move.