Jaipur: The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan has enacted a new law for cattle herders. According to it, rearing of the same cow or buffalo will be allowed in urban areas. You will also have to get an annual license for this. An additional 100 square yards of land will have to be kept on the cattle rearing. The new rules will be applicable in areas falling under municipal corporations and councils. That is, about 213 cities of the state will come under its purview.
According to the new rules, if the bovines are found roaming in the open, the owners will be fined Rs 10,000. After getting the license, the tag will be tied to the ear of the animal. It will have the owner's name, address and mobile number inscribed on it. Every 10 days, the dung has to be taken out of the city and dumped. There will be a ban on tying the animal on the way or in an open space. If these rules are not followed, the licence will be cancelled on notice of one month. After this, the concerned person will not be able to rear the animal again. According to media reports, to get a licence under the new norms, the applicant will have to furnish details for the proposed place to house cattle with proper hygiene. An annual license fee of Rs.1000 will be charged. At the same time, educational, religious and other institutions working in the public interest will have to pay half the amount.
Along with this, it is also necessary to keep the place where the cattle will be kept clean. A fine of Rs.500/- will be levied for any compromise with cleanliness. The sale of cattle fodder without a permit will not be allowed in public places. A fine of Rs 500 will also be levied for selling fodder without a licence. According to media reports, after the implementation of these rules, 95 per cent of the population of the urban area will not be able to rear cows and buffaloes.