A respite is in the offing for lakhs of abandoned cows in Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand as CM Yogi Adityanath has taken a considerate look on their plight. Soon, there would be a dedicated pasture for these cows that have been abandoned in hoards to die without food and water.
It's a common practise in Bundelkhand to abandon their cows the moment they stop giving milk. Since the area has been reeling under severe drought like conditions for the last several years, there is an acute shortage of fodder and water for the cattle.
CATTLE AS BURDEN
As such people have been widely practising Anna Pratha in which they abandon their cattle that roam all over in search of water and food. With the mercury rising and the water bodies drying fast, most of these helpless creatures are left to a slow and sure death. There have been instances when carcasses of these cows have been spotted near dried water bodies. Through the scorching heat, hundreds and thousands of these cows can be spotted wandering in search of food and water even as farmers standing guard with sticks have been forcing them out from one field to the other.
There have been occasions when herds have taken to the railway lines in large numbers only to be mowed down in dozens in one go. The aired fields have no grass and there are no takers to these cows now as their milk has dried up. There are no vigilante groups either and as such these creatures are left to fend for themselves.
YOGI ADITYANATH COMES TO RESCUE
During his recent visit to Bundelkhand, the matter was brought to the notice of the Adityanath and he now seems to have asked for a detailed report on the same. Now with the shocking reports, the CM of the state who has been for long espousing the cause of cow protection is a concerned man. It is learnt that the locals are being roped in to identify the pasture lands that have been under illegal occupation. The government is also planning to set boundary walls around these pastures and house the abandoned cows in large numbers with proper facilities for them.
Meanwhile, orders have already been issued to fill the roadside pits with water for the cows that often die due to thirst in the summer. Government tube wells have been used to fill water in dried ponds and other pits adjacent to the roads to ensure drinking water for the cows.
Sources in the government indicate that this is just the beginning as Yogi Adityanath is concerned about the plight of the cows in Bundelkhand. Soon there are bound to be dedicated pastures for them and also doctors to ensure their health.