NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of difficulties faced by farmers due to stray cattle in certain states ahead of harvest season, the newly constituted permanent apex body on cows – ‘Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog’ (National Commission for Cows) – held its first meeting on Friday, deciding to quickly work on solutions to the problems relating to abandoned cows in the country.
The menace of stray cattle has, of late, become a political issue in a few states, mainly Uttar Pradesh, with farmers’ standing crops threatened with severe damage. The state has seen substantial increase in number of shelter-less cows as there is no takers for unproductive cattle in the wake of strict enforcement of anti-slaughter law.
As per its promise made in interim budget, the Centre on February 21 constituted this apex body for conservation, protection and development of cows and their progeny. The Aayog — an 11-member body — is headed by Vallabh Bhai Kathiria who is an ex-chairman of the Gujarat government’s Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board.
Besides discussing the issue of stray cattle menace, the Aayog also discussed how to go ahead with its other key objectives. It includes implementation of laws with respect to prohibition of slaughter, development of indigenous cow breeds, promoting schemes to encourage use of organic manure, recommend suitable measures including incentive schemes for use of dung or urine of cows in organic manure and collaborating with research projects on Indian system of medicine using biogenic products of cows.
“The role of the Aayog will be to provide enabling environment, develop a policy framework and shape guidelines to achieve all these objectives ,” said an official.
“Recommendations of the Aayog will be forwarded to the department of animal husbandry and dairying for action,” he said.
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