The cow has been one of the biggest political issues in the last few years. The Congress government in Rajasthan held a state-level ‘Gau Raksha’ (cow protection) meeting on Saturday. The meeting is being held for the first time in Rajasthan and even in India to provide a platform to those who are running cow shelters, and their representatives. The 2-day event is running at the Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot addressed the meeting as the chief guest while Gopalan (cow welfare) minister Pramod Bhaya presided over the cow protection meeting. Representatives from 2,673 registered cow shelters have been invited to the meeting.
The event is organized to prepare an action plan and schemes for cow shelters, and marketing and standardization of cow products, among others. In addition, the government will also address the “practical problems” faced by the Directorate of Gopalan in running various schemes.
Soon after coming to power in December, the Ashok Gehlot government had issued an order to all district collectors that people adopting stray cows will be felicitated on Independence Day and Republic Day. Those interested in adopting cows can deposit a specific amount decided by local cow shelters and visit the shelter anytime to see the animal.
Rajasthan, under the previous Bharatiya Janata Party regime, became the first state to appoint a cow welfare minister in India.