In a recent initiative, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has decided to constitute a ‘cow cabinet’ to give a fillip to rural economy. To boost the rural economy, the Madhya Pradesh government is set to constitute a cow cabinet, for the protection and promotion of cows in the state, which includes officials from seven different government departments, announced Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Animal husbandry, Forest, Panchayat, Rural Development, Home and Farmer Welfare departments to be a part of the “Cow Cabinet”, Mr Chouhan announced. The first meeting will be held on November 22 at 12 noon, on the eve of Gopasthami, a festival dedicated to Lord Krishna and cows at a gauabhyaran or cow sanctuary in Agar-Malwa.
According to Deepak Vijayvargiya, Chief Spokesperson for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, the decision is aimed at developing an alternative source of rural employment by harnessing the potential of cows and the resources available through it. “Industrialisation cannot be the only solution towards providing employment. The economy surrounding cows is a sustainable one which is going on for over 2,000 years. Through this cabinet, the government will provide for sustainable infrastructure for developing a cow-economy to raise incomes in the rural setup,” he said. He further added that an economy centered around cows in the rural setup will also prove to be an eco-friendly one.