Punjab Government mulls setting up modern gaushalas through PPP mode

Faced with an estimated 1.40 lakh stray head of cattle, the Punjab Government has mooted a proposal to set up modern gaushalas in public private partnership (PPP) mode across the state.

A proposal in this regard was discussed in a meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on stray cattle here today. The recommendations will be tabled in an upcoming meeting of the Council of Ministers for final approval.

Under the PPP mode, private players will be given land on lease for 25 years and no financial support will be given by the government. The private players running the gaushalas will be allowed to sell biogas from cow dung, bio-fertilisers and bio-pesticides, and milk production from maximum 10 per cent cows. Solar plants installed at the gaushalas will sell power to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) through net metering.

Sources said initially, the Department of Animal Husbandry had been asked to identify 50 acres in Kulle Majra, Patiala, and 38 acres in Shekhowal, Ludhiana, for setting up modern gaushalas. Similarly, panchayat lands could be offered in other districts for the purpose.

Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra, also the chairman of the Cabinet sub-committee, said meaningful recommendations had been made to safeguard the lives of people in urban and rural areas, which would be discussed in the Cabinet meeting. The government was committed to establishing the cattle pounds in all 22 districts of the state, for which Rs 4,385.34 lakh had been released. At least 76 sheds had been constructed in 20 cattle pounds established so far, he said.