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Karnataka government employees declare daily salary as ‘one-off contribution’ for cow protection program

Every employee of the Karnataka government will hand in a day’s salary in November for the ‘Punyakoti Dattu Yojana’, the ruling BJP’s livestock welfare scheme. The state finances have issued an order to that effect, allowing the one-off contribution for the welfare and maintenance of livestock in gaushalas to be deducted from the government.

The state government hopes to raise nearly Rs 80 crore to Rs 100 crore with the contributions. ‘Punyakoti Dattu Yojana’, an ambitious project of Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai, was introduced in the last state budget to encourage people to adopt cows and finance their breeding.

The amount deducted from the salaries of government employees is credited directly to the account of the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department. While these contributions were previously said to be “voluntary,” the state government’s order now states that those who do not wish to contribute must give notice in writing to the payroll heads of their departments before Nov. 25.

The order stipulates that the withholding will take place in November’s salaries. According to the order, Group A employees will be required to contribute Rs 11,000; Group B employees Rs 4,000; and Group C employees Rs 400 while Group D employees including peons, guards and sweepers are exempt.

CS Shadakshari, president of the State Government Employees’ Association, said they were happy to be part of this “noble cause”. The president had led a delegation to meet the prime minister and give him a letter of consent on behalf of the employees for the deduction of their salary.

“The government had sought the support of all government employees in July to successfully carry out the ‘Punyakoti Dattu Yojana’. We proposed in September that a daily salary could be given for the flagship program of cow adoption and gaushala maintenance. The government had sought the consent of all ranks of officers and employees before issuing the order, we provided that,” said Shadakshari. News18.

Bommai also ensured the implementation of the seventh wage committee for government employees. The BJP-led government is hopeful that the ‘Punyakoti’ scheme and the state’s new law on the prevention of slaughter and livestock conservation will complement each other.

The state government wants to help build 100 gaushalas and house abandoned livestock, while the law will help implement a blanket ban on livestock slaughter. Under the new law, only terminally ill cows and buffaloes older than 13 years may be slaughtered.

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