Bhopal, June 20: Following his elevation to the rank of a cabinet minister in the Madhya Pradesh (MP) government, Swami Akhileshwaranand on Wednesday requested Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to constitute a cow ministry in the state.
Akhileshwaranand was of the opinion that if there could be a cow secretariat in Rajasthan, a ministry for happiness in Madhya Pradesh, then a cow ministry should be formed in the state for the welfare of the state.
The newly appointed minister stated that the formation of the ministry will attract even more budget into the state and that he wanted the cow to be removed from the category of animal.
I request the Madhya Pradesh govt to constitute a cow ministry. The CM himself is a farmer & people like me will help him in this. I am getting full support from the public: Akhileshwaranand, MP Cabinet Minister pic.twitter.com/NKwmV6ZOIy
— ANI (@ANI) June 20, 2018
Speaking to news agency ANI, Akhileshwaranand said that he had previously spoken to Chief Minister Chouhan on this regard.
“He (the chief minister) told me that he will restore all the cow-houses, and there will be no shortage of funds, there just needs to be the willpower and commitment towards the cause. Now I am even more hopeful as he was made the chairman of National Agriculture and MGNREGA committee,” the minister said.
“The state gets 15000 Cr under the scheme. I asked them how much they spend, they told me they could hardly spend half of it. So I asked them why was there this lapse, you are a part of the Cow Protection Board, provide me with a budget of 1000 Cr, I have a strong willpower for my cause, they told me I was not making any unconstitutional demand, they will back me,” he added.
Last week, the MP government had elevated Akhileshwaranand, formerly the state’s Cow Protection Board chairperson, to the rank of a Cabinet minister.
Earlier he was granted Minister of State (MoS) rank.