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The Scams have taken place in the budget for cows under the BJP government:-Kumari Selja


Chandigarh: The General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee and former Union Minister, Kumari Selja has said that the state government led by the BJP has embezzled the funds allocated for cows. Despite allocating 456 crores in the 2023-24 budget for the welfare of cows in the state, only 80 crores were given to the cow shelters. The state government has no answer as to where the remaining 376 crores of the budget went.



In a statement released to the media, Kumari Selja said that the BJP only does politics in the name of cows. They remember cows only during elections. When it comes to taking steps for the welfare of cows, the government backs down. There have been multiple instances of fodder crisis in cow shelters reported in the media, but the state government remained indifferent. She said that despite asking for documents for fodder grants from cow shelters, not a single rupee was disbursed, even though the grants were supposed to be issued by March 31. If the fodder grants had been provided, the operators of cow shelters could have stocked up during the wheat harvest. The state government should issue a white paper on where the 376 crores allocated for cow welfare throughout the year went. Those responsible for failing to fully utilize the budget should be identified and action should be taken against them.



Kumari Selja said that the BJP government has collected 100 crores per month by imposing an Environment and Animal Welfare Cess on liquor bottles. Not a single rupee of this collected amount has been spent throughout the year. A daily amount was fixed for keeping stray animals in cow shelters, but except for one cow shelter in Bhiwani, no payment was made to any cow shelter in the state. The former Union Minister said that it is an open secret that even in the last financial year, out of the 40 crores budgeted for cows, only 33 crores were spent and the remaining 7 crores of the grant lapsed. This clearly shows that the coalition government only uses the name of cows for their electoral benefits and has nothing to do with cow service.

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