MP’s cow cabinet holds first meeting, plans a research centre

The Madhya Pradesh government is contemplating introducing a ‘cow tax’, according to reports

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday (November 22) chaired the first meeting of the newly constituted “gau cabinet” (cow cabinet), and various decisions were taken for cow conservation and protection.

“Along with reverence and conservation of cow offspring, we are also doing work to save environment, increase production of crops, and eliminate malnutrition,” Chouhan tweeted.

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In a video posted on his Twitter handle, he said, “The cow cabinet of Madhya Pradesh is made to consider cow breeding and conservation. Today, there are many experts in Salaria (in Agar town) with whom we will discuss in detail and I will announce the decisions at a later date.”

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He added that ministers of departments related to animals and principal secretary will together form a council of ministers or ‘mantri parishad samiti’ to work on cow protection and promotion.

According to India Today, the cow cabinet took a decision to set up a research centre for cows at the cow sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar. Also, cow shelters will be made self-sufficient and a large number of cow shelters will be constructed across the state.

The meeting also decided to take suggestions from experts on how to effectively use cow dung and cow urine and also the help of urban organisations will be taken to provide shelter to destitute cows in urban cities.

The government is also contemplating introducing a “cow tax”, according to reports.

Chief Minister Chouhan on Wednesday announced setting up of a separate ‘cabinet’. Ministers of Animal Husbandry, Forest, Panchayat and Rural Development, Revenue, Home and Farmers’ Welfare departments will be part of this ‘cabinet’, said to be the first such in the country, he had said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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