Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the ‘Poshan Abhiyan’ campaign last month with an aim to bring down malnutrition levels and make this a people’s campaign.
The UP government, in a novel twist to the same, has decided it will give cattle from its cow shelters in the state to the families which have malnourished children or women as “cow milk will be extremely useful” in removing malnutrition.
“The cows will be given to the families who are willing to keep them and also have available space for them. If the family wishes so, it will also be given an opportunity to choose a cow at the cow shelter. As far as possible, the cow would be handed over to the family in the presence of a public representative,” says an order issued by the UP government this week.
The government has asked the Department of Women and Child Development in the state to prepare a list of such willing families who would like to take home a cow.
The UP government would be carrying out this exercise under the ‘Chief Minister Destitute Cow Participation Scheme’ launched in the state last year in which willing farmers, dairy farmers or common people can adopt a cow from the existing shelters and take the animal home. The scheme had put up one lakh cattle in cow shelters up for public adoption and said it will transfer Rs 900 per month to bank account of such willing people who can take home a cow. Each such animal is to be ear-tagged for identity. The one condition was that the person adopting the animal cannot sell or let loose/abandon the animal. The UP government had then said this scheme also has the “potential to create employment and increase social participation”, increase the income of the farmers and as well as reduce the extent of stray cattle in UP.
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10 Comments on this Story
Mohan Raman36 days ago
The gov is unable to maintain the cows. So, pass the burden to the poor in the name of a scheme. Just watch very soon those cows will be roaming the streets in UP uncared for. Is the UP BJP government so bad in solving malnutrition issue?
somnath ghosh37 days ago
India is becoming Gaushala with sons of cows rising from thr field to takeup important posts.
Prakash Ramiah37 days ago
Households who do not have proper owned shelter is the basic reason we are not able to protect women,children and powerity,inequality,migration and affects growth ,development and leads to inequality in wealth and welfare.women and child suffer for basic health and they become mentally and physically weak and they suffer silently.so every children by birth,even when couple want to marry,have children they should be empowered with basic shelter. This calls for a birth right of shelter. What does it mean.we should welcome every child by birth with good shelter and couple should be given a congenial atmosphere for up bringing their children in terms of good food,health,education and environment. This is the starting point of debate .this is only possible by adopting one nation one housing policy and shelter for all at all times in all places from ladak to indira point.this is not possible by giving land but the easiest,quick,economical way is by distribution of basic floor space index to each family.this assures 150 sq ft basic shelter at cost of construction basis without land costs.so a family of 2 to 8 persons are assured shelter at 400 to 1200 sq ft at 10 to 30 lacs by revamping clss pmay aff housing with a 25 year housing loan will have answer for all issues in one debate.mow I ask landed gets fsi,what does a land less get. So basic issue of powerity,inequality,mal nutrition,wealth,welfare,income,employment,inequality, so many issues only basic shelter affordability,