‘Gaushsala’ manual; Maneka Gandhi pens it down; whats in it though
Concerned over the poor upkeep of gaushalas (cow shelters) across India and the high mortality rate of the animals kept there, Union Minister and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi has gone ahead and drafted a sort of a manual that clearly lays out standard operating procedures for running such shelters.
It was informed that the manual has been penned down in her individual capacity and not in capacity of a Minister.
The ‘gaushala’ manual, as it is referred to in the media, Gandhi insists on a gaushala to have treatment facility.
India had around 122 million cows according to the 19th Livestock Census conducted in 2014. It isn’t clear how many of them find their way to gaushalas which also house bulls, oxen, and buffaloes.
According to a 2014 reply in Parliament, there are about 3,030 gaushalas in country, of which 1,325 are run by various animal husbandry departments of the states.
Grants made to gaushalas are covered under the grassland development category of the National Bovine Mission, a scheme predating the Modi government.
The cow is a holy animal for the Hindus and over the past three years, India has seen an increase in attacks on alleged smugglers by self-styled vigilantes. >