Even as the state government has announced to provide animal fodder at a subsidised rate of Rs 2 per kg to gaushalas and animal shelters owing to drought-like conditions in the state, the Banaskantha district collector has issued a fiat banning letting loose of the cattle on the streets with immediate effect.
Banaskantha district collector Sandip J Sagle has also threatened to initiate action under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 135 of the Gujarat Police Act that entails simple arrest running from one to six months and a fine of Rs 1,000 or both.
The order was issued on Saturday after owners of some cattle shelters in Deesa taluka of the district set their cows and other cattle free in front of the government offices and on main roads, resulting into traffic problems and increasing the chances of accidents.
Meanwhile, State Revenue Minister Kaushikbhai Patel said that the state government was committed to provide fodder at Rs 2 per kg to all gaushalas and cattle shelters in the state and supply water to ensure that cows and other cattle did not face any problem.
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