Jammu: The country had not even emerged from the shock of the death of the elephant in Kerala, that now the death of nine horses starved in Katra in Jammu has shocked the entire Jammu and Kashmir. After the lockdown, the journey of Goddess Vaishno Devi from Katra has been closed for the last three months. Due to the closure of the journey, the employment crisis has arisen in front of horsemen in Katra. Due to lack of money, the horses are not able to buy the feed of the horses and now the horses are becoming hungry due to lack of feed.
Talking of Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra, 4600 horses here every day make the pilgrims from all over the country travel from Katra to Mata Vaishno Devi’s building and the building back to Katra. Each horse takes Rs 1650 per passenger for the journey from Katra to the building. Out of this, Rs 50 per round is charged as tax from the horsemen. The horse used to spend more than half of the money that came to the horse on the horse’s fodder and health, but due to the closure of the journey, the fodder did not even meet the expenses of the horse away from his home Are able to do
If we talk about the Shrine Board, then only in the last three months they have provided only 20 to 20 kg of fodder to the horse whereas a horse only eats 10 kg of fodder in a day. The cost of 10 kg of feed is about 120 rupees and if a horse feeds ten kilos of feed to his horse in a day, then he has to spend about 3500 rupees every month. In such a situation, because the horse is not able to meet the expenses of his house due to the travel stopped, how will the horse meet the expenses, it is a big challenge for him.
At the same time, the issue of death due to starvation of horses has also reached the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has been informed through an email, after which the Divisional Bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has sent a notice to DC Reasi asking to submit a status report and issued instructions to the Animal Husbandry and Sheepri Department. Have made that no horse is hungry.
But if we talk about administration at the moment, then no help has been reached to these horsemen. Not only this, but the relief amount of one thousand rupees given to laborers has also not been received by these horsemen. Horsemen are demanding that the government which collects tax from them should be given at least the same tax money so that they can run their own house as well as provide fodder for the horses. At the same time, the horses were very excited about the opening of the journey between Lockdown and the horsemen had also prepared the medical certificates of both themselves and the horses, among the talk of starting the journey by the Shrine Board, but the Jammu and Kashmir government did not start the journey. The horsemen are very disappointed and are asking the government for help for themselves and their horses.