Despite paying cow cess, bovine care remains in a state of mess

Nobody’s child: Members of an NGO rescue a stray cow from a drain

Despite paying cow cess, bovine care remains in a state of mess

A cow being rescued from a drain near Bhagtanwala. Tribune photo

PK Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 6

Though many departments under the Punjab Government have been collecting huge funds in the name of cow cess, plight of stray cows is still dismal in the holy city. The recent two incidents bear testimony to this fact.

The anti-crime and animal protection group, an NGO, today, rescued a cow that had fallen in a drain near Bhagtanwala here. An activist of the association, Dev Panday found the bovine after hearing her ‘cries’.

He immediately sounded an alert and with the help of local people, members of his NGO and Municipal Corporation employees pulled her out of the drain.

“The area has a number of dairies but nobody owns the cattle,” said Dr Rohan Mehra, chairman of the NGO, while adding that the cow had apparently fallen in the drain a couple of days ago and was even unable to stand. It was in poor health due to this.

This is not the sole incident. Around nine days ago, a cow was hit by a vehicle near the Circuit House chowk. When the members of the association reached the spot after getting information, they found a 12-digit tag punched in its ear. Dr Rohan said they immediately informed the Animal Husbandry Department about this. However, till now, the department failed to trace the ownership of the cow.

Dr Amarjit Singh, deputy director, animal husbandry, said a probe was immediately marked to senior veterinary officer to trace the ownership. Investigations revealed that the tag does not belong to Amritsar district.

“Amritsar district has only six tags of the same series but the tag on the injured cow does not belong to here. The tag was issued in first phase in 2018-19 but it was not uploaded on the web portal of the department and therefore could not be traced,” he pointed out.

Dr Rohan said if the tag was issued, it would have been in the records and it is impossible that the department could not trace the ownership of the cow. “If the department is willing, it can trace the ownership,” he said this, while adding that the police should also first register an FIR in this connection.

Civic authorities said only one or two departments were depositing its share of cow cess while several other departments of Punjab Government failed to release its share for the past several years. Due to insufficient recovery, the welfare of stray cows and animals is suffering.

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