Chandigarh: Stray cow bulls, which have been on the rampage for some months in Bhiwani district of Haryana, forced the calling of a statewide Khap Mahapanchayat recently. Among the more important issues taken up at the Maha Panchayat was the street bulls mating with pedigreed domestic buffaloes and making them pregnant. This has forced the owners to make the cows undergo abortions. It is proving to be an expensive affair for them. Animals generally mate within their own species, but the cow bulls are breaking the rules too often, say veterinarians.
The Khaps of Dhanana village in Bhiwani decided to call a statewide Mahapanchayat after failing to find a solution to the problem of stray bulls, which have been destroying crops and attacking human beings too.
"That we were forced to call a Mahapanchayat (it was held on January 4) should tell you how serious the problem is," retired Subedar Amrit Singh, a resident of Dhanana village, told Firstpost. “It is with so much difficulty that we grow the crops, but it takes no time for the stray cattle to destroy them. The stray cow bulls even forcibly mate with the buffaloes which later leads to their abortion. So far the government has not taken any action to check the menace of stray cattle. But we hope that the problem will be tackled effectively by the government soon,’’ he added.
Subedar Surajmal, president of Jattu Khap 84, said: “We have tolerated the problem for a long time, but things have been getting out of control. We are really fed up of these stray cattle. They damage our fields and attack our buffaloes. The stray cow bulls even mate with the buffaloes. We cannot allow this anymore.’’
Earlier, the villagers had threatened to leave buffaloes in front of the residence of the Bhiwani collector, Saket Kumar, if the matter was not sorted by January 14. Kumar had warned the villagers of strict action if they resorted to any such mode of protest. He had even warned of registering FIRs against the villagers if they did not withdraw their threat.
However, he has assured the villagers that the administration was serious about the stray animals. He said the Nagar Parishad had even prepared a plan for the upkeep of such animals by constructing a Gaushala in the city. The plan had been sent to the Haryana government for approval, he told.
“We also want the Haryana government to announce a crop loan waiver scheme for the farmers and immediately implement the MS Swaminathan Committee’s report on Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops,’’ said Subedar Amrit Singh. At present we are not even recovering our input cost from the crops, including those for rice and cotton. If the government does not pay any attention soon we will be forced to launch a statewide agitation,’’ he added.
Sheoran of Mandoli village, Rohtak district says the local administration should keep a check on stray animals so that they do not become a nuisance to the human beings. When contacted, Dr GS Jakhar, Director General of Haryana Animal Husbandry Department told Firstpost that the problem of stray cattle was not just particular to Bhiwani, but to the entire state.
Dr Jakhar said the issue of stray cattle will be settled by the government with the cooperation of the gaushalas of the state and the Gau Seva Ayog, besides the farmers. “As far as the issue of mating of stray cow bulls with the buffaloes is concerned, the Animal Husbandry Department is ready to sterilize the stray bulls. Animals usually mate with their own species, but cow bulls sometimes break this rule. Such violations may lead to abortions causing problems to the buffaloes and become a cause of concern to their owners,’’ he says.
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Updated Date: Jan 12, 2015 11:40:57 IST