Uttarakhand to license ‘govt-approved’ gau-rakshaks; commission to be set up for protection of cows
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 08-Aug-2017
Dehradun, August 8: Violence in the name of protecting cows has often been seen in parts of India. The cow protection movement is appreciating but not the atrocities. The state government of Uttarakhand seems to set up government accredited commissions for the protection of the cows. Along with Uttarakhand, Haryana will also bring about this change. 

 
 
The two states are planning to issue identity cards to government approved gau-rakshaks in order to check in the number of violence incidents that have become a synonym to the cow prote4ction movement in India. 
 
Over 22 cases pertaining to cow vigilantism were reported in just six months of 2017. Both states will have cow shelters and the state government will make use of these shelters to come up with the legalised commissions.  
The move is likely to bring down the violence recorded under the name of gaurakshaks across the state. In the past few months, attacks on minorities by allegedly by gaurakshaks or cow vigilante groups for consuming/trading beef or slaughtering cows have been on the rise.
 
The Haryana government has asked for candidates to apply for the post of gaurakshaks in every district. Haryana Gau Sewa Ayog Chairman Bhani Ram Mangla had told in an interview that police verification of all the applicants is in progress. Once the verification is done, selected candidates will be given government identity cards as gaurakshaks. A strict background check of all the candidates is mandated. Over 275 applications from nine districts have been submitted so far, out of which around 80 will be hired, added Mangla.
 
Applications from other districts of the state are yet to be collected.
 
With a similar motive to identify gaurakshaks, Uttarakhand Gau Sewa Ayog has requested the government to take steps to identify gaurakshaks with the help of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "The Ayog will link these identity cards with Aadhaar details of gaurakshaks so that there are no doubts regarding one's identity," said Uttarakhand Gau Sewa Aayog's Director Narendra Rawat.
 
The circular for the requirement for official gaurakshaks was sent out in March. However, Rawat said that Uttarakhand has not received a single application for such a post. Following which, on August 5, he had asked the district heads to look in to the matter urgently.