Funds dry up, pound unable to feed cattle - ECAS Punjab

Funds dry up, pound unable to feed cattle

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Muktsar, August 22

A government-run cattle pound on 27-acre panchayat land at Ratta Tibba village in the Lambi Assembly segment has become a picture of neglect. There is acute shortage of funds for the pound, which is presently housing nearly 300 head of cattle.

Notably, once there were nearly 1,600 head of cattle, but due to high mortality rate and 'unhygienic' conditions, less than one fifth are left now. Ranjot Singh, manager of the cattle pound, said: "There is a shortage of green fodder, but some people from neighbouring villages are donating it. This is happening because of shortage of funds. Around two years ago, we had nearly 1,200 animals here, but now, just 300 are left. Most of these are stray cattle, brought here from neighbouring towns. Many consumed plastic and iron nails in high quantity, which claimed their lives." Congress leader Randhir Singh Dhira Khuddian said: "I had recently visited the cattle pound and requested some people to make arrangements for green fodder. However, the overall condition of the pound is not satisfactory."

MK Aravind Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, Muktsar, said: "The shortage of funds is just because of the low collection of cow cess during the Covid period. I had sent the ADC (D) a day before the Independence Day to the cattle pound to see the situation. Once my self-isolation period gets over, I will make necessary arrangements. However, I am not aware about the mortality rate."



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