Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh): Cows in the state-run shelters will walk around in warm coats during winter.
The Animal Husbandry Department has asked veterinary officers to ensure cows in state-run shelters are protected during the winter months.
Officials are now making arrangements for the cow coats made of jute bags, to keep the animals warm.
The cow shelters are also being covered with thick polythene curtains or 'tarpaulin' to stop cold winds.
Jute bags are being sewed together to make thick curtains and covers. The bags, provided by the district supply department, will also be used to make cow coats for the cows.
In some districts, the gram panchayats will make cow coats and cover the cow shelters with polythene and other material with the MGNREGA budget.
In Ayodhya, for instance, the cow shelters will also have bonfires to keep cows warm.
Cow shelters have been set up in rural areas to take care of stray cattle and are provided fodder.
The arrangements at cow shelters are under supervision of village panchayats, and caretakers are being employed for the task.
The Veterinary Department keeps a close watch on the health of cows and carries out regular medical examination and treatment of the cows.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is particularly concerned about the well-being of cows and makes regular inspection of cow shelters in the districts.
IANS report with edits