Cow care on Nitish mind
Patna: Chief minister Nitish Kumar has asked officials to prepare a model to take care of stray animals in general and cows in particular in Patna, which can be replicated in other districts.
He stated this on Monday while reviewing government schemes being run in Patna district. Nitish said several animals, particularly cattle, abandoned by their owners roam the roads. He called for a regular system to address this problem.
He pointed out that cow dung was an organic fertiliser and suggested that the agriculture and animal husbandry departments should jointly create the model to take care of stray animals.
Following Nitish's instructions, Patna DM Kumar Ravi ordered the Patna Municipal Corporation to form teams to wind up stray cattle. The process started immediately and seven stray cattle were sent to the Sri Krishna Gausala.
At the review meeting, urban development department principal secretary Chaitanya Prasad gave out details about the Greater Patna project, which entails creation of five satellite cities and 11 municipal bodies.
He also gave details about the sewerage plant proposed for the expansion of the state capital.
Road construction department principal secretary Amrit Lal Meena gave details about the ring road project and senior agriculture department official Sudhir Kumar gave details about the agriculture corridor to be set up in Patna.
The chief minister was told that food-grain procurement had doubled this year compared to last year and the farmers had been paid around Rs 64 crore for their produce.
Energy department principal secretary Pratyay Amrit said power connection to the remaining habitats will be completed by April 30 this year, and the transmission lines will be strengthened in another two years.
Local MLAs and mayor Sita Sahu were among those who attended the meeting and put forward the problems they faced. Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav - the Patna in-charge minister in the cabinet - also attended the meeting.