In a rather strange order, a municipality in Gujarat has banned stray cattle from producing more than three kilograms of dung per day (for calves the cap has been put at one kilogram a day).
Also, the owners of cattle who defecate more than 3 kgs a day will be paraded on donkey-backs through the town.
Although the Amreli Municipality of Saurashtra region of Gujarat has issued a notification bringing this law into force, it does not appear as if it intends to implement it.
Quite simply, the Congress- governed Municipality has found a rather unique way of opposing the demonetisation scheme of the central government under the pretext of implementing the Swachh Bharat programme – another of PM Narendra Modi’s pet projects.
According to a news report published in News18, the notification does state that stray cattle defecating on roads is seriously hampering efficient implementation of the Swachh Bharat programme.
Municipality president Alka Gondaliya said,”If demonetisation has helped clean up black money, this move will also help in cleaning up Amreli.”
Congress MLA from Amreli, Paresh Dhanani, said,”Those who are opposing this decision with ‘tan, mann and anaytik dhan’ are actually against the Swachh Bharat programme.
For the moment the notification says that flying squads will be formed to measure the amount of dung produced by cattle in public places.
Slamming the Congress over the decision, the BJP said that the party appears to have lost its mind.
A local BJP leader, Bharat Kanabar, said,”This is childish behaviour. The Congress seems to have lost its mental balance. People of Amreli have voted the Congress to power with a huge majority and this is what they getting in return.”
The Congress has an overwhelming majority in the municipality with 35 of the total seats. But it does not appear as if it intends to implement this order in earnest.