Maharajganj District Magistrate, 5 other officials suspended by Yogi government over negligence in cow protection
The action was taken on the basis of continuous complaints of negligence in the upkeep of stray cows in Madhvaliya cow shelter in Nichlaul tehsil of Maharajganj district.
LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday suspended the Maharajganj district magistrate and five other officials for fudging figures and "negligence" at a state-run cattle shelter, a senior official said.
Announcing the suspension, a rare move against an IAS officer, at a hurriedly called press conference, chief secretary R K Tiwari said there were "continuous complaints of negligence" in the upkeep of stray cows in Madhvaliya cow shelter in Nichlaul tehsil of Maharajganj district.
"The government constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Additional Commissioner (Administrative), Gorakhpur Division. The committee found several anomalies in the number of cattle during probe," the UP chief secretary said.
"Official documents showed the number of cattle as 2,500, but during physical verification only 954 cattle were found.
Besides, it was also found that the officials had given 328 acres out of total 500 acres of land of the cow shelter to farmers, firms and other individuals in an illegal manner," he added.
He also said that during investigation, the officers could not give satisfactory answers to the committee.
It was found that in the name of fodder and maintenance of cattle, the number of cattle was deliberately increased on papers to misuse government funds, he said.
On the basis of the report, District Magistrate of Maharajganj Amarnath Upadhyay, who is also the president of Madhvaliya cow shelter, the then SDM of Nichlaul Devendra Kumar and the current SDM Satyam Mishra, Chief Veterinary Officer, Maharajganj Rajiv Upadhyay and Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer of Nichlaul V K Maurya were suspended with immediate effect and departmental inquiry was ordered against them, he added.