Bizarre? BPL Card Holders Should Rear At Least 1 Cow Each, Says BJP MLA

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| July 23 , 2017 , 08:52 IST

The cow may be considered a sacred animal, however, the vast number of stray cows has become a problem in Madhya Pradesh and as MLAs were discussing solutions to the problem in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, a BJP MLA came up with an off-beat suggestion.

BJP MLA Murlidhar Patidar, opined that Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders should be mandated to rear at least one cow each, Indian Express reported.

“Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders get ration and other government facilities. Can’t we make a law to force every BPL card holder to rear at least one cow? If they don’t keep cows, they will not get BPL facilities,” said Patidar.

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“The cow has lost the value it once enjoyed because people no longer see any monetary benefit in rearing cows,’’ he added.

Stray cows often wonder into farm area and damage the crops.

A 'cow sanctuary' is being opened in Patidar's constituency, which has a capacity of 5,000 cows but the MLA feels it will be over run.

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“So many cattle owners inquire about it that I get afraid. (Once it opens), 40, 000 to 50,000 cows will be released in it within 24 hours.’’

Another MLA, Divyaraj Singh, suggested that cows should be identified and tagged marking their owners and cows without owners be tagged as wild animals and kept in enclosures.

Meanwhile, the government is opening another cow sanctuary in Rewa and 107 'gaushalas' for stray cattle are being set up along the banks of the Narmada.