The Rajasthan government on Friday claimed that no death of cows occurred due to carelessness in Hingonia row rehabilitation centre.
The government is making all efforts to make sure that proper arrangements are in place in the centre where some animals have died in the past few days, Secretary of animal husbandry department Kunji Lal Meena said. These cows were already sick, he said.
He said that there are 8,000 bovine animals in the centre and a team of 14 veterinary experts and 24 assistants look after them. He said that there was no carelessness involved in providing them food, fodder and water.
Earlier, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said in a statement that “there have been reports of malpractices in Hingonia gaushala for long. Even the Rajasthan High Court had to pass an order to probe irregularities. Despite inquiries and criminal cases related to gaushala, the situation has only worsened in the past months.”
Meena informed that in the last few days a special campaign was undertaken to capture stray animals, therefore, the inflow of animals to the centre has increased.
“1,228 bovine animals were captured from 15 July to 31 July and most of them were suffering from malnutrition and were sick,” he said.