Uttar Pradesh has introduced a 'gau kalyan' cess, allowing the government to charge 0.5 percent additional levy on excise items, which will fund construction and maintenance of cow shelters.
According to an India Today report, the new cess will lead to rise in price of alcohol in the state. The cess will also be levied on toll tax and profits made by public sector enterprises and construction agencies, said the report.
"In every district, both urban and rural areas, a cowshed with capacity of minimum 1,000 animals will be built and for this a total of 2 percent cow welfare cess will be imposed on excise, mandi parishad, profitable corporations and others," a government official was quoted in the report.
Earlier, the state cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to set up and run temporary 'gauvansh ashray asthals' under the urban and rural civic bodies in order to take proper care of stray cattle.
As per a state officials, temporary cow sheds (gaushalas) will be opened in all villages, panchayats, municipalities, nagar panchayats and municipal corporations. These cowsheds will be constructed through MNREGS funds.
In a meeting with senior officials, the chief minister had asked them to set up a committee to consider measures for providing better shelter facilities to stray cows and directed chief secretary Anup Chandra Pandey to present recommendations in a week's time.
(With PTI inputs)