The RSS welcomed finance minister Piyush Goyal’s proposal to set up a Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (National Cow Board), to look after the welfare of cows and boost dairy production. The RSS, while welcoming the initiative, said the focus should be more on protection and welfare of desi cow (indigenous breed).
The finance minister in his interim budget speech said that this government will never shy away from honouring our mother cow and announced Rashtriya Kamdhenu Board to upscale sustainable genetic up-gradation of cow resources and to enhance production and productivity of cows.
The government will allocate Rs 750 crore for this purpose from the current year itself. The Aayog will also look after effective implementation of laws and welfare schemes for cows.
Subsequently, addressing a Press conference, Goyal said the proposal for the welfare of cows was made in accordance with constitutional provisions. He said the Directive Principles of State Policy make it a duty of the government to work for the welfare of cows.
Akhil Bharatiya Gau Seva Pramukh of the RSS, Ajit Mahapatra, welcomed the move. He said the initiative would help in curbing farmer suicides and spread the right kind of energy by promoting desi cows.
Stating that the details of the proposed ‘aayog’ are not yet out, he said it is important to have such an agency that can spread the values which would lead to the protection of desi cows. “We need to know that cows give us milk, ghee, dahi, gobar and gomutra – which is good for farming and if used, can work for welfare of farmers as well. We will see a drop in farmer’s suicide,” he added.