BHOPAL: Stressing on the need to establish more gaushalas amid political ruckus over Gaurakhshakas in the state, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said small gaushalas will not serve the purpose for thousands of stray or abandoned cows in the state.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised to honour teachers at Model School in TT Nagar, Chouhan said that there is a dire need to establish new cow shelters where thousands of stray cows can be accommodated.
“Cows in a huge numbers could be seen on roads, abandoned by their caretakers. In this regard, I think small shelters are not working at all. We need to set up bigger gaushalas where thousands of cows can be given shelter and food,” the CM said. Chouhan informed that the state government has plans to construct 100 cow shelters.
If officials sources are to be believed, there are some 75 lakh cows in Madhya Pradesh.
According to sources, the government plans to build one gaushala for every five village panchayats along the Narmada river. However, the CM declined to comment on the location where these shelters would be constructed.
The state government’s initiative coincides with its announcement that voluntary organisations working for protection of cows will get land for just Re 1 in all gram panchayats of the state.
The government recently landed in a controversy when it was revealed during the monsoon session of the Assembly that it spent a mere Rs 2 per cow, which showed the pitiable condition of the gaushalas. According to sources, the amount will be raised to Rs 10 per cow.
Chouhan reiterated that he plans to have his own cow shelter soon.