There has been an outbreak of glanders, a fatal bacterial disease, among the horses in Nainital. The government has ordered the diseased horses, 22 of them, be killed.

NDTV story here

The horses, worth anywhere between Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000, are the sole means of livelihood for many of their owners. But shockingly, the government is offering only Rs 50 as compensation in keeping with a law that dates back to the British era in 1899.

Holy leftovers of a colonial civil service or just plain horse shit ? well, who cares