UP Government provides Rs 900 per month to farmers willing to keep stray cattle

On March 3, 2020, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that his government will pay Rs 900 per month to farmers willing to keep stray cattle.

The Issue

Earlier in 2019, the farmer protests in Uttar Pradesh had gone up over stray cattle destroying their fields. The population of stray cattle in the state increased as the UP Government had banned illegal animal slaughtering in the state.

Steps taken

Initially cow shelters were built to adopt abandoned stray cattle However, they began overflowing and also it was financially difficult for the UP Government to take care of cattle in huge numbers.

In order to solve the problem of stray cattle, the state Government had introduced “Chief Minister Destitute Cow Participation Scheme”. Under the scheme, willing farmers shall adopt cows from the shelters and take them home. To such farmers or adopters Rs 900 was to be provided. Now this is being extended to all farmers who is willing to keep the stray cattle in their homes.

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