Cow Cabinet, India’s first, probably first in the world, has been constituted in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday night. The state government has constituted the Cow Cabinet for the overall planning and taking decisions for the conservation and promotion of Gau-dhan. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be the chairperson of the Cow Cabinet, an official press statement said.
Home, Jail, Parliamentary Affairs, Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Dr Narottam Mishra, Forest Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Kamal Patel, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Dr Mahendra Singh Sisodia and Animal Husbandry, Social Justice and Disabled Welfare Minister Prem Singh Patel are the members of the Cow Cabinet. Additional Chief Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department will be the Secretary in-charge of the committee, the statement said.
Cow Cabinet for protection of cattle
Earlier in the morning, chief minister Chouhan had announced that the state will set up a ‘gau cabinet’ (Cow Cabinet). The first meeting of the cabinet would be held later this week, he added.
“A decision has been taken to set up a ‘gau cabinet’ for the protection and promotion of cattle. The first meeting will be held on November 22 on Gopashtami at the cow sanctuary in Agar Malwa,” he tweeted.
The chief minister said the BJP-led MP Government had set up the first cow sanctuary in September 2017. MP Gau Samvardhan Board had developed the Kamdhenu Gau Abhyaranya in Agar Malwa, spending about Rs 32crore. The sanctuary, which is spread across 472 hectares, was later privatised due to financial crises.
This year, the government had allocated Rs 11crore for feeding over 180,000 cows in government-run shelters in the state. It had slashed the allocation of the animal husbandry department to Rs 11 crore from Rs 132 crore in the previous financial year, a cut of 90%, show budget records, in the budget for 2020-21 financial year.