Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP,) suspended approximately 8 officials since the 13th of July, in relation with the death of cows.
The suspended officials included the chief veterinary officer of Mirzapur and three other government vets in Ayodhya. The decision of Mr. Adityanath came after 35 cows died in the past 3 days.
On the 12th of July, approximately 35 cows were found dead at state owned shelters in Ayodhya and Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Yogi Adityanath also warned other officials and asked them to maintain the cow sheds properly or they would have to face disciplinary action.
Yogi also conducted a video conference with 75 district magistrates and said, owners who abandon cattle on streets after milking them will also be punished. The UP Government also gave a notice to the civic authorities in Lucknow to curb stray cattle menace on the streets.
During the conference, Mr. Adityanath said, “It is a collective responsibility of DMs and the veterinary officers to operate and inspect cow shelters, to make adequate arrangements for fodder, medical care and construct sheds in shelter homes depending on the number of cattle.” He further said, “Stringent criminal action will be taken in future under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.”
Yogi handed over the responsibility of taking care of the issue to the Commissioner and District Magistrate of Mirzapur and asked them to investigate the reason behind the death of cows in Mirzapur.
The Chief Minister also asked the Prayagraj Commissioner to probe the deaths and take strict action against the officials responsible for the maintenance of cow shelters.
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