Amravati (Maharashtra), Jan 12: Stating that "Indians have culture in their blood", Union Minister Hansraj Ahir on Jan 11 said that like Maharashtra, other states should also ban cow slaughter.
He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the "maker" of India as he has taken up the cause of providing employment opportunities to the country's youths.
"Indian culture is deep and unfathomable. Indians have culture in their blood and nobody came from outside to teach us culture," the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers said at an award ceremony here.
Maharashtra has banned cow slaughter and other states should follow its suit, he said.
"Awards given by the government should be honoured. Those who criticise our culture are the detractors of the country," Ahir said.
PM Modi has taken up the cause of creating employment opportunities by introducing 'Make in India' programme, he said adding, "Modi is the maker of India. Providing employment is the biggest challenge before the government and the PM is leaving no stone unturned to achieve that objective."
Urging youths to become entrepreneurs, the minister said, "The government has opened a big avenue through Mudra scheme to enable educated youths to set up their own businesses."
On the occasion, Ahir presented 'Sant Gadge Baba Social Work' award instituted by the SGB Amravati University to social worker from Washim district Dilip Baba alias Dilip Pawar.