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Cows a boon for mankind, says Yogi Adityanath approving Gaushalas in Uttar Pradesh

NEW DELHI: The Yogi Adityanath government has cleared setting up 1000-capacity gaushalas (cow-shelters) in seven districts of the state and 16 urban locations in phase one of a giant project which could see the UP government help build such shelters in every block of the state.

“We want to take this to the block level. So far, cow shelters are all in the voluntary sector. The government will help build these new cow shelters with proper sheds and boundary walls and a committee under the District Collector is being set up to maintain them with help of NGOs and public,” Rajeev Gupta, a retired IAS officer and the newly-elected chief of UP Gau Seva Aayog, told ET.

The steps were cleared at a meeting chaired by the CM on Wednesday night in which he also proposed setting up a processing plant for cow urine to manufacture floor cleaners, as per a statement issued by Uttar Pradesh Government. “Cows are no less than a boon for mankind. When we are dependent on them for milk, we must also protect them in every way,” the statement quoted the CM as having said at this meeting.

Satyapal Singh Baghel, the UP Animal Husbandry Minister, told ET that the focus is first on the seven districts in Bundelkhand due to the ‘Anna Pratha’ practice there by farmers to abandon cows after the onset of the summer season till the sowing of the next crop. “Such cows will get shelter in the new Gaushalas. Farmers will also benefit as abandoned cows do damage to fields. A program is also on to produce better-bred cows in this region through segregated semen by which only female calves would be born. This will increase milk productivity as cows in Bundelkhand hardly produce a litre of milk daily,” Baghel told ET. He said the new cow-shelters urban areas will result in better sanitation and less incidents of cows dying due to eating plastic.

UP government is planning to free up its own land from illegal encroachment to set up these new cow-shelters. “The Anti Bhu Mafia task force of our government will be put on the job. Charity has to begin at home. Government will get its land back for setting up the new cow-shelters,” Baghel said. The UP government statement said the cow shelters will be set up in “safe locations” and with full facility for fodder and water.
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