After the Gujarat High Court reprimanded the Government for inaction on the issue of stray cattle, the state announced measures to tackle the problem in the state.
Education Minister and State Government Spokesperson Jitu Vaghani said that the government will bear the cost to keep their cattle in shelters (cages). The state will build more animal shelters for which the government will allocate 10 crore rupees.
Vaghani also announced that in eight metros and 156 municipalities, as well as local bodies will continue to catch stray cattle to keep roads free and reduce accidents. The State shall ensure adequate water and fodder arrangements at these shelters.
The High Court asked the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to arrest stray cattle continuously for three days, appoint two officers for the cattle infestation control department and start lodging FIRs in case of accidents due to stray cattle.
The court asked why FIRs are not filed in road accidents caused by cattle. Vaghani said local organizations will provide transport to take animals to shelters if the herdsmen demand it.