In a bid to test the menace of stray cattle in city areas, the Gujarat Assembly just lately handed the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Movement) in Urban Areas Bill 2022, that provides the state authorities and native our bodies the ability to declare components of an city space or a whole city space as ‘prohibited zones’ for cattle rearing and motion.
The Gujarat Assembly just lately handed the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Movement) in Urban Areas Bill 2022, which gives the state authorities and native our bodies the authority to declare components of an city space or an total city space as ‘prohibited zones’ for cattle rearing and motion.
Violations will now be a cognizable offense beneath the brand new legislation, which has been challenged by the maldhari group of cattle-raisers.
Sarju Varu, 30, who owns 10 cows and a couple of buffaloes in Milpara, Rajkot’s heart, is dissatisfied with the legislation.
What influence will the brand new legislation have on you?
Fodder is not going to be broadly obtainable beneath the brand new legislation; it should solely be offered in designated areas. In that state of affairs, sustaining my herd will probably be a dear endeavor as a result of I do not know the place I’ll must journey to purchase feed. And in the event that they declare Milpara as a prohibited zone, I’ll be compelled to relocate my herd to someplace past town. In town, I’ve 125 prospects. Given the present worth of gasoline, how will I have the ability to afford two journeys to town day by day if I’ve to transfer out? This legislation will additional push us maldharis to the margins of town. I believe it is a conspiracy in favor of huge dairies.
Since when have you ever been residing in Rajkot?
My grandfather Lakshmanbhai migrated to Rajkot metropolis from Motavada, a village 35 km from right here, round 60 years in the past. This metropolis has been residence to 4 generations of our household.
Are maldharis taking over different occupations?
We are historically milk suppliers, however steadily, maldharis have begun working tea stalls in cities and cities. The group can be moving into milk processing — one in every of my cousins has arrange a paneer plant.
Is cattle-rearing suitable with the city panorama?
Is cattle-rearing an criminality? We maldharis are simply practising our conventional occupation.
What, in your opinion, is the answer?
Cattle shouldn’t be allowed to roam freely on the streets, in my view. But the elemental concern is that bulls and male calves are not helpful. I’m not against the laws, however the authorities ought to take into account our technique of subsistence as properly. Even if we transfer past town limits, we will probably be evicted once more as town expands.
However, if the federal government grants us land, even whether it is on the outskirts however with long-term ensures, we are able to ponder shifting out. If the federal government can present property to an Amul dairy, it will possibly undoubtedly give land to maldharis, who present milk to everybody, together with Amul.
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