Rights panel seeks report on cow cess collection, its use - ECAS Punjab

Rights panel seeks report on cow cess collection, its use

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chandigarh, August 19

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has asked the state government to report how much cow cess has been collected and how it has been used.

Taking up a complaint filed by former MP and BJP national vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna, the PSHRC members, Ashutosh Mohunta and Avinash Kaur, have asked the Punjab Government, through the Local Bodies Department, to also inform the panel about the number of stray cattle in the state, accidents involving the cattle and how much loss they had caused to the farmers.

The Commission has directed the deputy commissioners to report the steps taken in their respective districts to protect life and livelihood from stray cattle and whether any official committee had been constituted regarding stray animals, including names of officials and the constitution of the body. They were also asked whether cattle pounds had been constructed at government allocated places or not.

Khanna had moved the PSHRC, seeking mandatory directions to implement different notifications/ letters issued by the Government of Punjab concerning welfare of cow and other stray animals as "non action was causing violation of human rights in terms of road accidents, crop damage, physical injuries etc". He mentioned that it was indicative of glaring stances of human rights violation.

"Notification imposing cow cess was issued by the Punjab Government on May 4, 2015, to aid the 472 existing gaushalas of the state. But till today, not even a single penny has been disbursed/ spent on the purpose. The non -disbursement is resulting in violations as proper care, which is possible with the collection so made, has not been ensured till date," Khanna stated in his complaint.

The next hearing is scheduled for October 9. — TNS



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