After Plans for 'Love Jihad' Law, MP Sets Up 'Cow Cabinet'; First Meeting on November 22
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with state BJP president VD Sharma (PTI)
The Madhya Pradesh government will set up a 'cabinet' for the protection of cows, with the first meeting of this unique panel to be held on November 22 in Agar Malwa. The announcement comes a day after the state shared its plans to formulate a law to deter 'love jihad'.
Elaborating on the 'cow cabinet', chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, "It has been decided to set up a 'cabinet' for the protection and promotion of cattle in the state. Animal Husbandry, Forest, Panchayat and Rural Development, Revenue, Home and Farmers Welfare Department will be included in the panel. The first meeting will be held on November 22 at noon on Gopashtami at Gau Sanctuary, Agar Malwa."
Later in the day, the state government issued orders for the formation of this cabinet. CM Chouhan will be the chairman and the other five minister-members are Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Forest Minister Vijay Shah, Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Mahendra Sisodia and Animal Husbandry Minister Prem Singh Patel.
Additional Chief Secretary and Chief Secretary of the Animal Husbandry department will work as acting secretary of the cabinet.
Cattle conservation had remained a pivotal concern during the assembly polls and then the bypolls with the Congress party making conscious efforts to rob BJP of this issue. Soon after coming to power, Kamal Nath government had increased the daily allowance for upkeep of cows and also had announced construction of 1,000 modern cowsheds in the state.
Reacting to the development, state Congress chief Kamal Nath said, “The CM had made a slew of announcements including cow ministry, cowsheds across the state and so on in 2018 but he is now out making another announcement. It’s a known fact that the BJP did nothing for cows in 15 years and even slashed the amount meant for cow fodder.”
If the BJP government is serious about cow conservation, it should start construction of cowsheds across the state on the lines of Congress government, Nath said in a tweet.
Madhya Pradesh has the first cow sanctuary of the country at Agar Malwa. Established in year 2017, the Kamdhenu Gau Abhyaran, the facility could house up to 6,000 cows in full capacity. However, over the years, the sanctuary in Agar Malwa and other places are battling dearth of resources for proper upkeep of the cows.