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Kashmir Valley Incomplete without the presence of Kashmiri Pandits, says J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti

More and more pandits are getting wary of their stay in the Valley in wake of the militancy and hostility that prevails

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Image courtesy: PTI Photo
  • Mehbooba Mufti expressed concerns that the current environment in Kashmir Valley is not apt for Kashmiri Pandits
  • Ashok Kumar feels establishing composite colonies will help the situation
  • An incident of stone pelting Saturday night further discouraged pandits to return home

On Sunday, June 12, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti made a statement saying the current environment in the Kashmiri Valley is not safe for the return of Kashmiri Pandits back to their hometown, and there is a need to inspire confidence and trust among them for their permanent return to the Valley.

Although they have expressed hope to return home someday, more and more pandits are getting wary of their stay in the Valley in wake of the militancy and hostility that prevails. Every year, a large number of these pandits leave for Tullmulla in the Ganderbal district of Jammu  and Kashmir to celebrate the annual Kheer Bhawani Mela. However, to escape from the dangers of war, the migrated pandits have built a replica of the Mata Kheer Bhawani Temple in Jammu to celebrate the day, said The Hindu report.

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Kashmiri Pandits. Image courtesy: Wikimedia commons

“I will only appeal to Kashmiri Pandits that they should trust us and pray. We are trying to create peace here, Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits,” said Ms. Mufti to The Hindu reporter. Urging for overall unity, she said, “To infuse confidence in them, first they will be brought to transit camps, transit communities, where our Muslim migrants will also live with them. Once their confidence grows, then they can live wherever they want”. These people feel like they are living the lives of refugees even in their native places.

Ashok Kumar expressed his solution for this problem; urging the government authorities to seriously consider establishing composite colonies in the valley, he said that it was the only way to ensure safety.

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On Saturday night, June 11, stone pelting was inflicted upon a police station. A bus carrying pilgrims to Tulmulla was caught in this violence. Two women in the bus were reportedly injured, based on which Pandits have been further discouraged to return.

-prepared by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter Handle: @saurabhbodas96

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Cow Numbers in India Witnesses a Sharp Increase Since 2012

The female cattle (cows) population is 145.12 million, increasing by 18 per cent over the previous census (2012)

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The 18 per cent jump in the Cow numbers in 2019 is sharply higher than the increase in livestock population at 4.6 per cent and increase in bovine population by one per cent. Pixabay

There has been a sharp jump, by 18 per cent, in the Cow Numbers in the country, as per the latest livestock census report released on Wednesday, over the previous enumeration done in 2012.

he NDA government at the Centre and the BJP governments in various states have introduced many schemes for the protection and welfare of cows.

The 18 per cent jump in the number of cows in 2019 is sharply higher than the increase in livestock population at 4.6 per cent and increase in bovine population by one per cent.

The total livestock population in the country increased by 4.6 per cent over the previous census conducted in 2012, to a total of 535.78 million.

The female cattle (cows) population is 145.12 million, increasing by 18 per cent over the previous census (2012).

The 20th Livestock Census report was released by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying on Wednesday.

The total bovine population comprising cattle, buffalo, mithuns and yaks is at 302.79 million in 2019 which shows an increase of about 1 per cent over the previous census.

In addition, the total number of cattle in the country in 2019 is 192.49 million showing an increase of 0.8 per cent over the previous census.

The 20th Livestock Census was conducted in participation with all states and Union Territories. The enumeration was done both in rural and urban areas.

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The 20th Livestock Census report on Cow Numbers was released by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying on Wednesday. Pixabay

Various kinds of animals including cattle, buffaloes, mithuns, yaks, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, camels, dogs, rabbits and elephants, and poultry birds including fowls, ducks, emus, turkeys, quails and other poultry birds possessed by the households, household enterprises and non-household enterprises and institutions have been counted at their site.

The data of more than 27 crore households and non-households have been collected in the 20th Livestock Census to assess and arrive at the livestock and poultry count in the country.

According to the census, there is a decline of 6 per cent in the total indigenous/ non-descript cattle population over the previous census. However, the pace of decline of this cattle population during 2012-2019 is much lesser than as compared to the 2007-12 period, where it was about 9 per cent.

The total buffaloes in the country numbered 109.85 million showing an increase of about 1 per cent over the previous census.

The total milch animals (in-milk and dry) in cows and buffaloes is 125.34 million, an increase of 6 per cent over the previous census.

The total poultry in the country, at 851.81 million in 2019, registered an increase of 16.8 per cent.

The total commercial poultry in the country is 534.74 million in 2019, increasing by 4.5 per cent over the previous census.

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The NDA government at the Centre and the BJP governments in various states have introduced many schemes for Cow Protection and Welfare. Pixabay

The major thrust given to the latest census is the collection of data through tablets computers. This census is a unique attempt as for the first time such a major initiative has been take to digitise household level data through online transmission from the field.

In the whole operations, the state/UT governments engaged more than 80,000 field personnel who are mostly veterinarians and para-veterinarians for the smooth conduct of the exercise.

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The Livestock Census has been conducted in the country periodically since 1919-20 and covers all domesticated animals and their headcounts. So far 19 such censuses have been conducted. (IANS)