Govt mulling Project Cow, says min­is­ter

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a con­tro­versy over a cen­tral no­ti­fi­ca­tion that ef­fec­tively bans sale of cat­tle for slaugh­ter, Union min­is­ter Han­sraj G Ahir said on Sun­day that the Cen­tre was con­sid­er­ing to set up ‘cow sanc­tu­ar­ies’ and ini­ti­ate ‘Project Cow’ on the lines of Project Tiger.

“It is dif­fi­cult to main­tain cows which are not self-sus­tain­ing an­i­mals. We need to pro­tect them by set­ting up cow sanc­tu­ar­ies on the lines of those for tigers,” min­is­ter of state for home Ahir said at a na­tional con­fer­ence on “BOS INDICUS - The Glo­ri­ous In­dian Cow” at the Bom­bay Stock Ex­change Build­ing in Mum­bai.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, BJP’s Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Subra­ma­nian Swamy, who is founder-Pres­i­dent of Vi­rat Hin­dus­tan Sangam, said a ban on cow slaugh­ter has been guar­an­teed by the Con­sti­tu­tion. Ac­cord­ingly, the Cen­tre has with­drawn 13 sub­si­dies given by the pre­vi­ous govern­ment on ex­port of cows and beef, he said.

“Even the western world has re­alised that beef is not a very good source of pro­tein and that they can get much more pro­tein from pulses and soy­abeans,” Swamy said.

He said cows are pre­cious an­i­mals that need to be pro­tected and pre­served, list­ing out the medic­i­nal value of cow urine and use of dung for var­i­ous pur­poses. Swamy said that since the western coun­tries have re­alised that milk from In­dian cows is of higher qual­ity, there is a huge de­mand for it.

The price of cow milk in In­dia is one-sixth of that in Europe and In­dia can be­come a ma­jor ex­porter of cow milk if we prop­erly rear cows in the coun­try, the BJP leader added. These ex­port earn­ing could go to fi­nance ‘gausha­las’ to house cows, Swamy said. ISKCON’s spir­i­tual head Rad­hanath Swami Ma­haraj said: “Cow is the foun­da­tion of the world econ­omy, and it’s not just about pre­vent­ing their slaugh­ter, but also mak­ing them happy from their birth till their end.”

Mafat­lal Group of In­dus­tries Chair­man Hr­ishikesh Mafat­lal urged the cor­po­rate world to in­clude cow pro­tec­tion as part of their Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity.

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