First cow cabinet moots to levy cess; to give ‘Holy Mother’ status to cow

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The first cow cabinet of Madhya Pradesh has discussed to impose a cow cess to fund the cow protection related plans.

 The first cow cabinet of Madhya Pradesh has discussed to impose a cow cess to fund the cow protection related plans, but the government will take a final decision on it later. The cabinet decided to give “Holy Mother” status to the cow.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan preside the first cow cabinet through video conferencing on Saturday. The cabinet has decided to use cow-dung cakes as fuel kitchen stoves and to replace chemical fertilizer. Moreover, the cow urine can be used for pest control treatment and medicine; cow milk to improve the health of malnourished children. The state government will open 4,000 cattle shelters. Self-help groups will run these cow shelters to generate an income.

The state’s first cow cabinet meeting also decided to brand the cow as a “holy mother”, as it has the potential to solve problems confronting women, children, farmers and the environment, officials said on Sunday.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, home minister Narottam Mishra, forest minister Vijay Shah, agriculture minister Kamal Patel, rural development minister Mahendra Singh Sisodia, and animal husbandry minister Prem Singh Patel participated in the meeting.

The first cow cabinet has also taken a decision to launch an awareness campaign to educate people about the many beneficial properties of the cow and its by-products.

Chouhan counts importance of cow

“The conservation of the cow is important for environmental conservation. Cow milk would be used to improve the heath of malnourished children. Meanwhile, cow dung could be used as replacement for fuel wood and chemical fertilizer, to save the environment. And the cow urine would be used for pest control and medicine,” chief minister Chauhan said.

“4,000 cow shelters would be opened in Madhya Pradesh. Production units for making cow-dung cakes, organic manure, pesticide and milk powder would be established on public-private partnership (PPP) mode. Self-help groups will run the cow shelters, a senior officer who attended the meeting, requesting anonymity, said.

The government was focusing on making people, especially women, self-reliant through these cow shelters,” he said.

Madhya Pradesh already has 1,300 cow shelters for 1,80,000 cows.

Chouhan also announced that his government would develop India’s first cow sanctuary in Agar Malwa as a cow research institute. After the first cow cabinet meeting, Chouhan visited the cow sanctuary and offered prayer on the occasion of Gopashtami.

Minister for Animal husbandry Prem Singh Patel said the meeting discussed levying a cow cess. But, he said, a final decision on it would be taken at a later date.

In November 2019, the then Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh also had decided to levy a cow cess in the face of a funding crunch.

Congress spokesperson JP Dhanopia said, “The BJP government’s decisions were a duplication of the proposed plans of the previous Congress-led state government.”

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