Cow Shelter Village Scheme in Maharashtra – Cows will get Homes
Cow shelter scheme was started to provide shelter for the cows that are not productive anymore. Aged and unable to yield milk, such cows will get homes under this scheme. A year has passed and according to the reports, the scheme does not seem to be successful much. The scheme has started by the state government of Maharashtra.
The scheme was announced a couple of years ago. Last year when Indian government has banned slaughter of cows, the government granted funds for taking this initiative. It was launched in Pune and Mumbai for the first time. It followed the rules of Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill, 1995. It is been supervised by the Animal Husbandry State Ministry.
- Need for the scheme: The scheme has launched to facilitate the unproductive cows, bulls and bullocks. Old cows that are unable to produce any milk will not get slaughtered but will get proper shelter.
- No of shelters: The authority has said they will start cow shelters in 34 villages across the state. Each village will have one cow shelter for protecting the cows.
- Budget: The state authority has stated that each village will get Rs. 1 Cr for the scheme. That is total budget for the scheme is Rs. 34 Cr in total for all the phases.
- Implementation: Non-government organisations, animal and cow protection organisations and such will supervise and implement the shelter scheme across the state.
- Eligibility for funding: There will be selected cow shelter organisations that can take part in this scheme and will be eligible for funding. Those organisations which are in operation since last three years will be eligible for this scheme.
Result of the Scheme
The result isn’t favourable for the scheme. While launching the scheme, the state government said that many NGOs and organisations have already started applying for the same. Unfortunately after a year’s time only 250 applications were submitted by the applicants. Not many have applied for this scheme.
No applications have come from any tribal area. The reason behind this is the tribal population do not like cows that yield milk. They mostly have unproductive cows. This is one of the reasons why low numbers of applications were submitted.
Cow Shelter Scheme was started so that no cow gets abandoned in the country. As the slaughter of cows is banned now, many old cows are getting abandoned every day. Unfortunately the scheme didn’t work according to the plans. Much lesser applications were gathered for the scheme.
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