Abandoning cows to be made cognizable offence in Himachal – Dhumal

Shimla: Faced with mounting numbers of stray cows being left to fend for themselves in rural areas, the state government has proposed to legislate a law about leaving animals astray a cognizable offence.

Speaking at a function after laying the foundation stone for a stray animal shelter ‘Gaushala Bhawan’ in Hamirpur district, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said, “a law would soon be enacted to punish those who leave their animals astray. The proposed law would have provisions of fine and other punitive action.”

He said that to leaving animals astray was cruelty, which was against the moral values and heritage of the country.

Expressing concern about cows being abandoned, an animal otherwise worshiped, the chief minister said that tags would be used to establish the ownership of abandoned cows, who would be punished under the proposed law.

To make dairy a profitable self-employment venture, the government had increased the procurement price of milk by as much as Rs 5 in the last two years, said Dhumal.

Mentioning the potential of providing sustainable livelihood in animal husbandry, the chief minister said under the ambitious Rs 300 crore Doodh Ganga project the loan amount had been raised from Rs 3 to Rs 15 lakh for starting dairy farming.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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  1. says: Rajneesh Sharma

    As if abandoned Cows bear a name plate on themselves displaying where they belong.

    It seems some officers in H.P secretariat misguide our CM for populist moves, without being logically realistic about the capacity to take real actions.

    Now dont tell us one day that Himachal will be the first state in INDIA to tag UID (Unique Identification Cards) on stray cows..

    Honourable, CM public would like to get rid of fraudsters in entire State politics, administration, Govt. employees..who harass general public and exploit upon their helplessness to get small things done for survival…they are more dangerous than holy cows strolling on roads..

    Just issue a white paper on the wealth accumulated by your party MLA’s after they were assigned portfolios in HP..come up with their personal bank accounts statements/properties before & after (Now) they became ministers. The day any CM would do that , he/she will be remembered in INDIAN history forever..

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