Bihar will impose fines on cattle (cow, ox and buffalo) owners if they abandon the animals on roads and has also decided to keep the abandoned cattle in cowsheds. Recently, chief minister Nitish Kumar had called for a national debate on “cow vigilantism” following a wave in lynchings across the country.
The Bihar CM had said that the “gaurakshaks (cow protecting groups)” were not doing anything to save and serve the abandoned cattle. He also added that Bihar will be “the first state to show how to look after the abandoned cow”.
Now, Patna district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agarwal has decided to deal with the abandoned cow on Nitish’s instruction. He told the officials of Patna Municipal Corporation to conduct a survey of such cattle in their vicinity.
“Yes, the chief minister has asked me to do so and I have recently visited Srikrishna Gaushala in Patna City. I have asked the officials there to indicate the abandoned cattle with red so that they could be easily identified. The owners of the cattle, who leave them on the road, would be imposed a fine as per the provision of the Bihar Municipal Act,” Agarwal said, reported Telegraph.
“Our purpose is the welfare of the abandoned cattle as they eat plastic and garbage for want of proper food. Many abandoned cattle die in road accidents and others get electrocuted. We have thus decided to take care of such cattle,” he added.