JAIPUR: The new Congress government in Rajasthan has taken a leaf out of the former BJP government and in a move to showcase its " love for cow " has incorporated the protection and welfare of cows in its agenda.
Along with religious leaders and social workers the Gehlot government is all set to make a cow policy . Government through a circular has announced to honour the civilians on Republic day and Independence day, who will adopt the stray cows and bear the costs of their food & shelter.
BJP's terming it as a political move before the Lok Sabha elections. But the government says that this policy will help take off the stray cows of the road and society can be brought closer . Congress had already set the agenda of cow in their election manifesto before the assembly elections and is now following up quickly before the national polls.
This circular has been issued by the Gopalan Directorate.
"People have been doing charity in the name of cow before too. We want to bring together the society for the welfare of the cows and to ensure that there are no stray cows on the road", said Vishram Meena, Director, Gopalan Directorate.
The new Gopalan Minister, Pramod Jain Bhaya, says that he has been protecting the cows since his childhood.
"These orders are being given because this will help to honour those individuals who have been taking care of the cows. This will inspire other to do the same and will generate a spirit of 'Gau sewa'," he said.
Bhaya also mentions that the stray cows cause accidents on the road, harms the crops of the farmers and people adopting cows will eliminate these problems. He added that the government will form a policy on the issue with the help of religious leaders and social workers. According to him the ancient texts have talked about gods residing in cows and cow slaughter being the worst of the evils.
"My priority will be to invite the experienced religious leaders, saints and cattle owners and plan with them a policy to protect the 'gauvansh' that needs immediate attention. We will then present the policy to the CM and it will be implemented all throughout the state", he said. Rajasthan has 9 lakh ' gauvansh' and also has large number of stray cows.
BJP feels that it is just a political stunt before the Loksabha elections.
"These are strange orders being given to honour individuals who protect stray animals. India is a land where Krishna is worshipped and he was cattle owner. Instead of these, orders should have been given to promote the animal camps or double the money to the registered "Gaushalas" started by BJP government. This is just a stunt to promote themselves before the national polls and they will fail in doing so", said Rajendra Rathod, Deputy leader of opposition in the assembly.