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Rajasthan BJP government suspended two civic body officials for the death of more than 90 cows

August 06, 2016 10:50 PM
Corps being loaded at Hingonia Cow Rehabilitation centre, Jaipur, Rajashthan

Jaipur: Facing flak over death of cows at a state-run shelter, Rajasthan government suspended two JMC officials on Saturday for “inaction”, even as opposition Congress took out a rally over the issue.

After his visit, Shekhawat claimed that the “mortality rate of cows at the centre was much higher when Congress was at the helm of the JMC”. He also maintained that most of the animals brought there are already sick or injured, which explains the high mortality rates.

Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) suspended Hingonia in-charge Ramesh Kumar Sharma and deputy commissioner Sher Singh Luhadiya for their “inaction”. Both the officials were on leave when more than 90 cows died in two days at the Hingonia cow rehabilitation centre.

Work to remove the quicksand-like mud in which the animals were trapped, resumed as 266 workers of the center, who were on strike over the past fortnight over salary issues, returned to work after their May dues were paid.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje directed Urban Development and Housing (UDH) minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat and animal husbandry minister Prabhu Lal Saini and other officials to inspect Hingonia shelter and also monitor other cow rehabilitation centres in the state.

After his visit, Shekhawat claimed that the “mortality rate of cows at the centre was much higher when Congress was at the helm of the JMC”. He also maintained that most of the animals brought there are already sick or injured, which explains the high mortality rates.

He however pointed out that JMC had not informed the UDH department on time about the excess mud that had gathered at the centre. “The rain worsened the situation and since the dung wasn’t cleared regularly, the mud became quicksand-like, trapping the animals,” he said and assured regular monitoring of the centre.

The minister also said that contractors would be asked to pay workers’ salaries through cheques, “so that there is documentary evidence of the payment”. He added that JMC will also be asked to have some backup facility to face future strikes.

Saini directed the officials to segregate the sick cows from healthy ones and said that the quality of the fodder given to the bovines will be improved.

Meanwhile, Congress stepped up pressure on the Rajasthan government by taking out a “Gau Raksha yatra” from the Pradesh Congress Office to the Govind Dev Ji Temple where they prayed for the cows.

The Rajasthan government today claimed that no death of cows occurred due to carelessness in Hingonia Cow Rehabilitation centre here. The government is making all efforts to make sure that proper arrangements are in place in the centre where some animals have died in the past few days, Secretary of animal husbandry department Kunji Lal Meena said tonight. These cows were already sick, he said.

He said that there are 8,000 bovine animals in the centre and a team of 14 veterinary experts and 24 assistants look after them. He said that there was no carelessness involved in providing them food, fodder and water. Earlier, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said in a statement that “there have been reports of malpractices in Hingonia gaushala for long. Even the Rajasthan

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