M. Soundariya Preetha
In Rajasthan and Gujarat, the Government provides subsidy to the Goushalas
About 30 people work on the 25-acre Shree Bhagwan Mahaveer Goushala at Myleripalayam Pirivu. They take care of nearly 800 cows.
Feeding the cattle, providing medical care to the animals, cleaning the sheds, amount to about Rs. 30,000 a day.
Though some amount of green grass needed for cattle feed is cultivated at the farm, most of the other materials – dry grass, jaggery, cotton seed, etc, - are purchased.
“Prices are going up every day for every thing. But, we are able to manage,” says the Goushala president, Mahaveer B. Jain.
During the last one year, costs have gone up by 25 per cent to 30 per cent.
The cattle by-products bring some revenue. “But, what we find is that people who are committed to charity continue to do it, whatever be the cost,” he says. Various schemes are available for those willing to contribute and the Goushala accepts support in any form and quantity from the public.
“We do not compromise on quality or quantity of feed and care because of the cost. We take care of the animals till their natural death,” he says. In States such as Rajasthan and Gujarat, the Government provides subsidy to the Goushalas.
The Goushala was started nearly seven years ago with 23 animals.
Most of the cattle are those rescued while being taken to the slaughter houses.
Though now the focus is on providing shelter, food and medical care to the cattle, plans have been drawn up to expand the Goushala area, construct more sheds for the animals, establish a laboratory and a veterinary hospital.
For details, contact: Shree Bhagwan Mahaveer Goushala, 11, Chokkampudur Main Road, Coimbatore – 641039. Telephone: 0422-2475702.