KHARAR, May 23: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Maneka Gandhi, has issued directions for the creation and efficient management of a gaushala at Kharar.
In a letter sent to the Kharar Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), the copy of which was received here today, the Union Minister has said that by taking cows off the roads, this facility will benefit both the animals, as well as the residents of the area.
She said that under the law, every municipality is expected to maintain a cattle pound and allocate funds for the same, adding, "I am sure every town and city which can find place for restaurants and shopping complexes, can also find a little space for needy animals."
The Union Minister has expressed happiness over the inspection of butcher shops operating in Kharar and Kurali by the Kharar SDM. "Since many of these have been found to be operating without a licence, I am glad to know of the SDM's directions that they be closed forthwith," she said. She has sought information regarding the closure of these illegal butcher shops.
It may be recalled here that last month, Maneka Gandhi had expressed concern over the illegal slaughtering of animals in any public place and non-observance of the ISI regulations at butcher shops in Kharar. She had sought the closure of illegal butcher shops in Kharar.
In a communication sent to the Roopnagar District Magistrate, Gandhi had asked him to take steps to regulate the pashu mandi being organised at Kharar, where cattle was allegedly sold for slaughtering purposes. She said that she had been informed that this pashu mandi was being organised on every alternate day. The mandi allegedly violates the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, as it does not provide any food or shelter for the animals.
But surprisingly, despite all this, the illegal butcher shops and pashu mandi at Kharar are still in operation.
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