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AAP plans to highlight stray cattle menace in Punjab

Bovine problem: Farmers say stray cattle are destroying crops.

Bovine problem: Farmers say stray cattle are destroying crops.  

With farmers’ bodies up in arms against stray cattle menace in Punjab, The Opposition Aam Aadmi Party has now also decided to take up the issue.

The party plans to highlight the issue in the upcoming budget session of the Assembly.

“The State government has failed to find a solution to the menace, the government collects cow cess and other taxes in the name of taking care of stray animals but the problem continues to grow,” said Harpal Singh Cheema, the Leader of the Opposition.

“We will bring a calling attention motion on the issue during the budget session. People want to know how the money, which is being collected as cess, is being utilised by the government,” he said.

Mr. Cheema said that it is the sole responsibility of the State government to protect the lives and belongings of people but unfortunately it has turned a deaf ear towards the problems of the people.

Meanwhile, angry over damage to their crops by stray cattle, several farmers of Pedhni village in Sangrur district, under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), reached the Deputy Commissioner's office last week with stray cattle loaded on tractor-trailers. They were adamant on releasing them on the office premises. The local authorities, however, finally managed to pacify them.

Other farmers’ outfits have also been demanding that the State government solve the problem which has been causing difficulty not just to farmers but others as well.

Pargat Singh, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur) chief patron of Rupnagar, told The Hindu that even after repeated requests made to the State government the menace of stray cattle continues.

Concrete steps sought

“They (cattle) destroy our standing crops and we are helpless. Be it sugarcane, wheat, potato or seasonal vegetables, stray cattle damage the crop in almost every season. The government should take concrete steps to solve the problem otherwise we will be forced to start an agitation,” he said.

Expressing concern over the problem, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had last week admitted during a meeting that stray cattle was now posing a major threat.

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