Village in Gujarat where Dogs are count as millionaire. Yes, this is not a joke and I’m talking about Panchot Village of Mehsana, Gujarat, where around 70 Dogs are millionaires. But the question is how is it possible? Yeah, It becomes possible because of an old tradition of donating land to animals.
The informal ‘Madh ni Pati Kutariya Trust’ controls about 21 bighas of land donated to dogs. ‘Kutariyu’ translates to the setting aside of things for dogs. This practice finds its roots in a long historical tradition of ‘jivdaya’ or compassion for animals. As part of this tradition, many well-to-do families started donating pieces of land for the welfare of animals. Many others followed suit, when additional land they owned became unaffordable to maintain.
Notably, land prices shot up in the village after the construction of Mehsana bypass towards Radhanpur, thus benefiting village dogs. The driving forces behind the establishment of the trust were a group of four farmers, including Prabha Lallu, Chatur Viha, Amtha Kalu and Lakha Sheth. Having started the administration of the land about seven decades ago, they reveal how the land donations stopped after the village developed and land prices rose in the last few decades. The Patel farmers began the administration of land over 7-80years ago, and almost all of it came to the trust. With prices soaring, the donations reduced.
However, no donor came back claiming their land, which has now become profitable. The Trust’s President said, ” It is considered taboo to feed off the land which has been written off for animals or social service.” The best thing is the entire village is involved in serving the dogs. Each plot belonging to the Trust is auctioned annually, and the highest bidder gets tilling rights for a year. The money is used for sustainability 15 people voluntarily take the responsibility of feeding dogs on a rotational basis; the flour mill owner doesn’t charge for flour either.
“Twice a month- on full-moon and new-moon days- we also serve laddoos,” a volunteer said.