The proposal of the Gau Sewa Ayog was on Friday accepted by the Home Department of the state of Uttar Pradesh to turn prisons into cow shelters. The Gau Sewa Ayog had sent a proposal seeking permission to use part of the land of central jail and as a result 12 out of 69 jails in the state will be used as cow shelters and jail staff will take care of the cows. Previously permission was sought by the Gau Sewa Ayog to use land of the PAC headquarters across the state as cows shelters but was denied by the Home Department and the PAC .
Earlier in December, the Uttar Pradesh government approved the setting up of 'Cow Protection Committees' in each district of the state. The order, issued by the state government on Monday, said these committees will headed by the district magistrate and senior police official and ensure efficient management and operation of 'gaushalas' (cow-shelters) across the state and make them self-sufficient.
The chairman of the newly set up Uttar Pradesh 'Gau Sewa Aayog', Rajeev Gupta, under which the committees will function, had told ANI that these panels would rescue and look after cattle, which may be getting illegally slaughtered or smuggled.
"Whenever illegal cow slaughter and smuggling is prevented, the number of animals in cow shelters increases. So, we want better upkeep of cattle in these shelters and make them self-sustaining by selling their byproducts," Gupta told ANI.