Starting from January 2024, cows will no longer be seen roaming the streets of Uttar Pradesh. The Yogi government has initiated a special campaign to relocate open-grazing cows to 'Cow Shelters' by December 31st.
Uttar Pradesh's Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister, Dharmpal Singh, mentioned that cows used to tremble when they saw butchers before, but now butchers tremble upon seeing cows.
Currently, Uttar Pradesh houses 6,943 Cow Shelters with 1,211,247 cows in total. However, despite these figures, cows are still found on the streets.
Although the government is adamant that after a two-month campaign, the public will no longer face this issue.
Since Yogi Adityanath's government came into power in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, strict measures have been implemented against illegal slaughterhouses.
The Yogi government established 'Cow Shelters' to provide a safe haven for open-grazing cows, but the problem hasn't been fully resolved.
According to official data, approximately 2.5 million cows are currently on the streets. However, the government acknowledges that the real number is significantly higher.
The campaign to capture roaming cows on the streets has started from today, covering the entire state of Uttar Pradesh.
Nearly a dozen teams from the Municipal Corporation of Lucknow are patrolling the streets and relocating these cows to Cow Shelters.
Since Yogi's government took over in 2017, Uttar Pradesh has spent approximately 19 billion rupees in cow protection.
There are 6,889 Cow Shelters in Uttar Pradesh.
Of these, 6,346 are in villages, and 543 are in cities.
These shelters are home to around 1,182,949, or nearly 1.2 million cows.
Uttar Pradesh enacted stringent laws against cow slaughter following the Yogi government's rise to power in 2017. Under these laws, cow slaughter carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and fines ranging from 300,000 to 500,000 rupees.
Over the past six years of Yogi Adityanath's government, about 21 thousand crimes have been committed under the Cow Slaughter Act.
More than 60,000 criminals have been arrested.
Approximately 100,000 cows have been liberated.
Before the Lok Sabha elections, the Yogi government is planning to open more Cow Shelters across cities, ensuring that straying animals don't become a political issue.
Teams are moving through cities as part of the campaign to capture cows wandering the streets and relocating them to Cow Shelters.