A public interest lawsuit was filed in the Bombay High Court seeking financial aid for farmers who lose animals to a lumpy skin disease.
Mumbai,UPDATED: 11 Oct 2022 04:03 IST
PIL was filed with the Bombay High Court to seek financial aid for farmers losing animals to a lumpy skin disease. (Photo: PTI)
By Vidya : Former MP and founder of Swambhiman Shetkari Sangh, Raju Shetti, has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Bombay High Court.
The petition asked the government of Maharashtra to come up with a standard procedure to deal with the increasing cases of lumpy skin disease in livestock in the state.
The plea alleged that the lumpy skin disease was on the rise and that the state government was doing nothing but issuing circulars.
The plea stated that the government should take measures as stipulated in the 2009 Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals.
“The government has not made a specific decision on the treatment and vaccination to be made available to the cows,” Shetti said.
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“Just announcing a monetary compensation scheme would not be enough to stop the spread of this disease. This situation is an animal health emergency,” emphasized Shetti.
“The government must vaccinate livestock on a massive scale to prevent the spread of the bumpy skin disease,” said the petition filed by lawyer Ajinkya Udane.
The plea also called for compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to farmers facing financial constraints each for the death of a cow or buffalo due to a lumpy skin disease.
The plea is likely to come before a divisional bench headed by Justice SV Gangapurwala this week.
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