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Guj govt doing nothing for cattle in scarcity-hit areas: Cong

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Ahmedabad: Congress Thursday said the Gujarat government which had always used cow protection issue in its election plank has not done anything for the cattle in the scarcity-hit areas.

"The state government always uses cow protection issue in its election plank but has done nothing for cattle in the scarcity-affected areas. The State government has framed policies making it difficult for cattle owners to buy fodder," senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters.

Rebutting the State government's claims that the Centre was not providing funds to Gujarat to tackle the drought situation, Gohil said an Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) which visited the state approved Rs 864.71 crore from National Disaster Response Fund for scarcity-hit areas in the State.

"Besides, as per the communication received from Ministry of Home Affairs in March, Rs 1909.72 crore is already available for the State government," he said.

The former Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly said that despite having funds for relief measures, the State government was not making use of it.

The previous governments, he said, used to provide water to people in affected areas through tankers but this year, people are forced to buy water from private suppliers and as a result, they are spending more on water than milk.

He accused the State government of not following the scarcity manual, which states that cash doles must be given to people in scarcity-hit areas.

Cattle owners, who are eligible for help, are made to fill a form for grass card which seeks irrelevant information, he said, adding the government had undertaken a cattle census in 2012 and had all information with it but even then it was asking people to fill the forms.

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