Cows in Uttar Pradesh will now get special coats to save them from the winter chill. The Animal Husbandry Department of the state has asked veterinary officers in various districts to ensure proper protection for cows in state-run cow shelters during the winter months. Officials are now making arrangements for the cow coats that will be made of jute bags and will keep the cows warm.
The cow shelters are also being covered with thick polythene curtains or ‘tarpaulin’ so that cold winds do not enter. Jute bags are being sewed together to make thick curtain and covers. The same jute bags will be used to make cow coats which the cows will wear to stay warm during winters. The jute bags will be provided by the district supply department. In some district, the gram panchayat will make cow coats and will cover cow shelters with polythene and other material with the MGNREGA budget.
Cow shelters have been made in rural areas to keep stray cattle where they are being taken care of and are provided fodder. The arrangement at cow shelters are under the supervision of village panchayats, and caretakers are being employed for the task.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is particularly concerned about the well-being of cows-considered scared for Hindus and makes regular inspection of cow shelters in the districts.