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Keep cattle away from streets, instructs MP CM Kamal Nath

By TOI calender  15-Aug-2019

Keep cattle away from streets, instructs MP CM Kamal Nath

Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday envisaged preparing a work plan to keep cattle away from streets and highways of the state. He said that this would be another major step towards "gau sanrakshan" (cow protection) in Madhya Pradesh. "During the monsoon season, it has been noticed that cattle often sit on the streets and highways obstructing vehicular traffic since fields are inundated with water and wet soil. As a result, several cows meet with accidents, get injured and even die", Nath said.

"These accidents also cause huge loss to human life and property. I have asked officials to prepare a detailed work plan to check these incidents and save cattle from such mishaps", the chief minister added. Nath further said, "In order to avert mishaps on highways, officials must ensure that cattle do not sit on the roads. This would help in curbing accidents and also protect the cows". Nath, after assuming power in December 2018, had stressed that he wanted to see cows in shelters and not on streets.

During review meetings of various departments, the chief minister had instructed that cow shelters be built in each district. "I do not want to see gau Matas (cows) on roads, Instead, I want to see them in cowsheds," he had said. The Congress government had announced to build 100 gaushalas (cow shelters) in the state with the help of private companies. Congress said that it had promised cow protection in its "vachan patra" (elections manifesto) and would ensure that the promise is fulfilled. Subsequently, the Congress government had also announced stringent action for cow protection and even imposed the National Security Act (NSA). The government also allocated Rs 132 crore in the state budget on cow protection and related works.

The chief minister said that plans to protect cows will be made at the panchayat level and areas will be earmarked in each village to build cow shelters during monsoon. "After the construction of cow shelters, road accidents will definitely dip. This will require a well-planned effort", Nath said. "I believe that it would be difficult to fulfill the task during this monsoon but, in future, we must ensure that our promise is fulfilled. I also know that the task given to the officials is challenging but, it would be a big step for the protection of cows in the state", said Nath. BJP, however, refused to buy the argument and alleged that Congress’ plan on soft-Hindutva, involving a large number of schemes for cow protection and building cowsheds would not work. BJP said promises made eight months ago were yet to be fulfilled.

"The Kamal Nath government had promised to build 1,000 cowsheds, remove cows from streets and conservation in gaushalas but, none of the promises were kept. Cows are being killed, they are being neglected and cowsheds in each district is a distant reality. It is a farce played by the Congress in the name of soft-Hindutva and people are well aware of it", said BJP state spokesperson, Rajneesh Agrawal.

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