Madhya Pradesh govt considering ‘gaumata’ cess for upkeep of cowsheds: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan


On the day he virtually chaired the first meeting of the newly-formed ‘cow cabinet’, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the state government is thinking about levying a ‘gaumata’ cess.

File photo of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Photo Credits: PTI)

Madhya Pradesh government is considering a cess to raise money for the welfare of cows, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday. The CM’s remarks come on the day he virtually chaired the first meeting of the newly-formed ‘gau cabinet’ (cow cabinet).

While addressing a public meeting in Agar Malwa, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “I am thinking of imposing some minor tax to raise money for the welfare of the ‘gaumata’ (cow) welfare and for the upkeep of cow sheds….Is it alright?”

“…We used to feed the first ‘roti’ (baked in households) to cows. Similarly, we used to feed the last roti to dogs. Such was the concern for animals in our Indian culture which is vanishing now, so we are thinking to collect some small tax from the public for the sake of cows,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan said adding that a law will also be enacted in Madhya Pradesh to run cowsheds in the state.

While pointing to the applications of cow dung, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also expressed grief at how people abandon cows once they are past their prime and stop giving milk. He went on to add that allopathic medicines bring in more diseases and medicine made from cow urine can heal many ailments.

“Don’t think that cows are redundant. If cows are saved, then the earth will sustain itself. Keep this in mind,” news agency PTI quoted MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan as saying.

While referring that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh is considering a ‘cow cess’, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan also said that as many as 2,000 new cowsheds will be opened across the state. He further added that the state government will try to ensure through guidelines that phenyl made of cow urine is used in government offices.

(With inputs from PTI)





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