A proposal has been sent to the Haryana government seeking to impose a 5 percent ‘cow cess’ on cinema tickets in the state in addition to the 20 percent entertainment tax that is already being levied.
The proposal was sent by the Haryana Gau Sewa Ayog with the aim of creating a separate corpus for the welfare of cows, according to a report in The Times of India.
The commission also wants 50 percent donations from government-managed temples to be diverted for the safety of cows. Besides, the commission wants to levy Re 1 on each bag of wheat, paddy and other crops sourced from the state’s mandis.
A senior officer told ToI that the mandi proposal alone could fetch Rs 100 crore annually.
Protection of cows has been high on the priority list of the state government with a 300-strong police force under an IPS officer being created recently for this purpose. Besides, an annual sum of Rs 20 crore has been approved to develop modern gaushalas or ‘cow sanctuaries’.
Commission chairman, Baani Ram Mangla, said: “We want a well-stocked veterinary hospital with doctors and medicines in every gaushala. We have planned bio-gas and solar energy plants in the shelters as well. We will be able to make concrete plans once the proposals are implemented.”