New Delhi, Aug 18: Amid lots of controversy over people getting killed by cow vigilantes across the country, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has started a campaign for the creation of ministry for cow protection and promotion especially Indian breeds of cow. To make this a reality the VHP is meeting MPs, MLAs and state governments.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has already met with over 370 members of Parliament during the recently concluded Monsoon session to push for its demand for the creation of ministry for cow protection and augmentation. Vishwa Hindu Parishad secretary general Milind Parande said that the VHP leadership is meeting legislators from every party to generate support for creation of this ministry. Further on the VHP is meeting with the state government for the similar cause so that cow progeny is protected in India.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad spokesperson Vinod Bansal said that the Rajasthan government has already created this ministry. "We will be meeting all state governments in the country and maximum possible MLAs from every state to push our cause that cow slaughter should be banned and a ministry protecting cow, promotion and augmentation of its breed should be constituted."
The organization has already sent a letter to the Prime Minister passed by its Kendriya Karya Samiti (national executive) in this regard. If need be the VHP will seek time to meet the PM. Though Madhya Pradesh government has not so far constituted ministry but there is a Cow Protection Board in the state. But sources said that the government is in the process of making a cow protection ministry.
Different Sangh organisations are working for the protection and growth of Indian cow progeny. A research centre on cow development has been working for which Rs 1000 crore has been sanctioned. Chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board (cow protection board) Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri too sought formation of 'Cow Ministry in the state.
As per the board's proposal to the government, the ministry can avail of a part of the funds earmarked for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act works. The VHP plans to take up this issue to all the forums which could help the purpose.