Haryana: Rs.5,100 Fine For Abandoning Milch Cows
Bhani Ram Mangla, the Chairman of Haryana Gau Seva Aayog, said that abandoning Milch cows would attract a fine of Rs.5,100. Mangla added that a mobile application which would display information about place and district of the cow, based on the tag number, is being prepared with the assistance of the IT cell.
Financial Assistance to implement this would be provided by the Government. He also announced that Gau Seva Kendra would be set up in villages to ensure safety of cows in the state.
The Chairman of the Gau Seva Aayog attended a function in Bhiwani, Haryana on February 12, wherein cheques of about Rs.26.40 Lack were distributed among 24 Gaushalas.
It was during this function that announcement of Rs. 5,100 fine for abandoning milch cows was made. He also said that as per the decision of the Government, several Gau Seva Kendra or the Cow Service Centre will be established across several villages for the safety of “Gauvansh”. He added that all the Seva Kendra would be required to compulsorily register themselves, a committee comprising of eminent members will be constituted to keep a vigil on its functioning.
A mobile application is being prepared in collaboration with the IT cell, which will help reveal the information such as place and district based on the tag number.
Mangal also promised that a lump sum amount of Rs. 5000 per cow would be provided for the cow’s rearing. Additionally, 90% grant would be given on equipments and resources required to make flowerpots, soaps, lamps, dhoop and other items from cow urine and cow dung.
Also, Gaushalas which have excess land would get 90% grant on the fodder cutting machine. He also said that biogas plants will not be established in the Gaushalas.
Existing Laws in Haryana for Cow Protection
Haryana has various laws pertaining to cow protection. Haryana has some of the harshest punishments in the country for cow slaughter. Haryana Assembly in 2015, passed Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill, which prohibits slaughter of cow and its progeny , violation of which would result in imprisonment of 10 years with fine ranging from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 1 Lakh.
In 2016, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, OP Dhankar announced establishment of 40 ‘gau abhayaranyas’ (cow sanctuaries) in the state to deal with the increasing stray cow menace in the state.
Noteably, the National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) report, 2017, revealed that Haryana had the highest rate of Gang rapes in the country. The state also ranks sixth in the country for the highest crime rates.