Shepherds look for unique supply in Budget, list demands

Lalit Mohan

Tribune Information provider

Dharamsala, February 5

With Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur showing up in Palampur the next day, migratory shepherds have actually ready a summary of their needs for him. The migratory shepherds, whom constitute about seven percent population regarding the state, are alleging that there was clearly no provision that is separate them in the state Budget. They want that a provision that is special be produced for them within the state Budget.

Pawana Devi, president regarding the state shepherd that is migratory, while talking to The Tribune, said that there are more 20 lakh sheep and goats in the state that are reared by migratory shepherds since centuries across the plains and hills of the state. Despite the fact that these shepherds constitute a significant part of state’s population and contribute to the state’s economy there was no provision that is special state cover them. “We will urge the principle Minister to produce provision that is special migratory shepherds in the state Budget”, she said.

Their grievances

  • Shepherds said the biggest challenge being faced that they were fast losing traditional pastures to development projects and strict forest policies

    The shepherds should not be barred from entering into any forest area while on their migratory routes

    A gang was active in lower areas and its members are involved in stealing of their sheep and goats

    As migratory shepherds are constantly on move a mobile dispensary can provide medical assistance to them

    She further said the biggest challenge being faced by the traditional shepherd community was that it was fast losing traditional pastures to the development projects and strict forest policies by them was. Their state federal government should envision its development jobs maintaining in view the original legal rights regarding the shepherds that are migratory(*)Besides, the shepherds have rights over the forests of the state and they should not be barred from entering into any forest area while on their routes that are migratory she said.(*)Pawana Devi stated a gang ended up being active in reduced regions of the continuing state and its members are involved in stealing of sheep and goats when they migrate to lower areas. Some of the gang members were arrested by the police but released because of insufficient evidence. The government should take action that is strict the gang ended up being that taking part in looting cattle wealth from migratory shepherds regarding the state, he said.(*)She said that the migratory shepherds regarding the state have now been demanding since very long through the animal husbandry need that mobile veterinary dispensary is supplied for them as much shepherds destroyed their cattle wide range as a result of base rot illness. Because the migratory shepherds are constantly on move just a dispensary that is mobile offer medical attention for them.(*)

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