Himachal Pradesh: Here’s How Alcohol Drinkers Are Helping Improve The Lives Of Stray Cows In The StateCalf garlanded with marigold flowers (Ramesh Pathania/Mint via Getty Images)

About Rs 6.50 crore has been generated for the welfare of cows in Himachal Pradesh by levying a ‘Gau Vansh’ cess on the sale of liquor; the tax has been in place since March 2018, reports The Tribune.

The funds will be utilised by the ‘Gau Sewa Aayog’ for the protection and rehabilitation of some 32,160 stray cattle in the state.

The state government led by the BJP’s Jai Ram Thakur had rolled out the cow protection cess as part of its 2018-19 budget. The cess levies Rs 1 on every bottle of alcohol sold.

The administration also plans to establish three major cow sanctuaries at Kotla Barog in Sirmaur, Thana Khana Khas in Una and Damtal in Kangra. Currently, there are 140 NGO-run Gau Sadans, 40 under the Rural Development Department and one at Khajjian in Nurpur under the control of the Animal Husbandry Department.

One issue with the cow protection programme is that over 50 per cent of the stray cattle roaming in the state are bullocks, which are not the intended target of rehabilitation.

Apart from money collected via the alcohol cess, another Rs 4 crore is likely to be brought in for cow welfare in the state, as 15 per cent of temple offerings at the shrines of Chintpurni, Jwalamukhi, Chamunda and Bajjreshwari in Kangra are to be utilised for the said purpose.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement