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Army to give up cows in military farms for Rs 1,000 each

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Nearly a year after the defence ministry ordered closure of 39 military farms across the country, the has decided to "transfer" all the cattle kept there to government departments or cooperatives at a nominal cost of Rs 1,000 per animal.

of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre, while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, said all the cattle in the military farms will be transferred to central and state government departmets or to state cooperatives.

He said a cost of Rs 1,000 will be charged per animal.

The was asked whether high-yielding cows numbering 15,000 have no buyers given their high maintenance cost.

In August last year, the defence ministry had announced a series of reform measures for the which included shutting down the military farms.

These farms are occupying around 20,000 acres of defence land across the country and the was spending around Rs 300 crore for their maintenance.

The firms were set up by the British to ensure supply of milk to Army units.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 19:40 IST