(News) According to NGO Report daily 10,000 cattle die in
At a time when beef and cow-related issues are hogging the
limelight -- and also polarising the discourse in the country - there's a
deafening silence about the plight of cattle in Bundelkhand.
Social activist Yogendra Yadav, of NGO Swaraj Abhiyan,
alleged that about three lakh cattle had died in the drought-hit region in the
month of May alone.
"The BJP's love for the cow is only restricted to newspapers
and TV studios. Even as the party's national leadership debates about the cow
being rashtra mata and beef sale, at least three lakh cattle may have died in
drought-scorched Bundelkhand in May itself. Carcasses are littered across the 13
districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh," observed Yadav in New Delhi on
Wednesday, adding how it's "unbearable stench", which is likely to cause
widespread illnesses, "pervades the region".
BJP BLAMES SP
UP BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan, however, blamed the state
government for the crisis. "It (SP government) is responsible for the barbaadi
(destruction) of Bundelkhand. You can understand the state government's stubborn
from the fact that we (Centre) offered it a water train, but it refused. Their
zila (district) level officers and Commissioners are all giving a different
account of the severity of drought there. Corruption there is wreaking havoc on
the grassroots-level administration."
"At the Central level, all MPs of Bundelkhand have pledged
their MPLAD money to its welfare in these drought times," he added.
As per the NGO's estimate, while there are 11,065 villages in
the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, all villages on an
average reported between 10 and 100 cattle deaths in May which added to around
three lakh mortalities in the month.
"We heard widespread reports of fodder shortage everywhere.
The 'Fodder Bank' scheme is on paper only. Nobody knows where they are. Or else,
relatives of politicians or those families who have no cattle at all, have
availed money under it," alleged Yadav.
CENTRE, STATE GOVERNMENTS FACE HEAT
On May 13, the Supreme Court had rebuked both the Centre as
well as state governments for trying to evade responsibility of the drought
A bench comprising Justices MB Lokur and NV Ramana said, "You
cannot hide behind the smokescreen of lack of funds."
Courtesy: India Today