Lucknow: As the country is badly hit by corona pandemic and thousands are dying everyday, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to work on its cow protection agenda and has issued directives to set up help desks for protection of cows in every district. The state government has also directed all the cow shelters (gaushalas) to strictly follow Covid-19 protocols, and has made the usage of masks and frequent thermal screening, mandatory.
The cow shelters will also be equipped with all the medical equipment’s such as oximeters and thermal scanners for cows and other animals as well.
According to the government spokesman, destitute cows are being provided shelter in the gaushalas. The government is also rapidly increasing the number of the existing cowsheds and cow shelters to deal with stray cattle menace.
According to the official data, there are over 5,268 cow protection centres in the state which have, till now, ensured the wellbeing of as many as 5,73,417 cattle. About 4,64,311 cows in both, villages and cities, have been kept at 4,529 temporary cow shelters.
Of these, 40,640 cows are in 161 kanha gaushalas and 10,827 cows in 407 kanji houses. Apart from this, 171 large cow-conservation centres/ cow sanctuaries have been constructed in the state, which have provided shelter to as many as 57,639 cows.
The fodder bank model, developed by the state government, is ensuring timely fodder through 3,452 fodder banks which are feeding lakhs of stray cattle in Uttar Pradesh amid the Covid crisis.
Under the ‘Mukhya Mantri Besahara Gau-Vansh Sahbhagita Yojana’, the UP government also made a provision of giving a financial assistance of Rs 900 per month to every farmer taking care of stray cattle.
So far, a total of 85,869 cows have been provided to 44, 651 beneficiaries. In addition, the well-being of over 1,05,380 cows has been ensured by 533 registered cowsheds and 377 functional cow shelter.