Chairman of the Punjab Gau Sewa Commission Kimti Bhagat recently said that the care of abandoned cows loitering on Jalandhar streets should be brought under the ambit of the Smart City project.
While finding a place for the rehabilitation of the cattle in the city has remained a bone of contention, animal welfare activists have questioned why only the cow is being singled out for the Smart City.
Chander Bhushan, who heads the People for Animals Shelter said: “For ages, I have been closely working for abandoned animals and cattle. It seems the administration has conveniently set aside other grave threats posed by other animal issues. As much as the cows need to be saved, which is an appreciable gesture, other issues of the sterilisation of street dogs is a serious concern for the city residents.”
Mandeep Bakshi, president, Gau Sewa Dal, Punjab, said his organisation has been demanding action against cattle smuggling and bringing back of grazing lands. The Cow Commission is highlighting cow-related issues but all abandoned or injured animals should be taken care of, he said.
Another activist Deepak Jyoti said not just cows, but cattle issues across cowsheds have been left unaddressed for ages. There have been various promises by the Cow Board time and again, but none of them has been met. Suddenly now issues such as cow protection is being brought under the Smart City project.
The Smart City project is for all the residents, and also for all animals. The administration can’t pick and choose issues which suit it or which are politically correct, Jyoti said.