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This state in India is planning to start ‘cow hostels’!

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Cow owners in Haryana may soon have the option of sending their animals to a ‘hostel’ if they don’t have enough space at home. The Haryana ‘Gau Sewa Aayog,’ an independent body constituted by the state government in 2013, will soon sends its proposal of setting up “cow hostels” across the state.

The body, which plans to seek land from urban local bodies department to construct these cow shed or ‘cow hostel’, wants to run the project on pilot basis initially. It plans to start hostels in one or two towns initially and then replicate the same in the other parts of the state.

The plan is to keep about 50 cows in each hostel. Notably, only indigenous cow will be allowed in hostel and not cross breed. While an “accommodation fee” will be charged, the cow owners “will be able to use the milk for their domestic purposes. They will also be free to sell milk”.

According to Aayog, the cow hostels will ensure protection of cow while helping to control the number of stray cattle on the roads.

According to the livestock census of 2012, there are 1.48 lakh stray cows on the roads. The number of stray cattle on the roads has dropped to 25,000. Currently, the state has 437 guashalas to accommodate 3.2 lakh cows.