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Delhi government to club cow shelter with old age home

In what seems to be a unique initiative, the Delhi government is planning to club a cow shelter with an old age home.

Explaining the new initiative, Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai said, The animals and humans have been interdependent on each other.

“It is common that people keep a cow only till it gives milk and abandons it when it is of no use. A similar thing happens with humans. With age, when humans are not of any use, they are forced out of their homes, he told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on Animal Health and Welfare Policy.

“We are planning a unique coexistence programme where elderly will be allowed to stay with cows,” he added.

The Delhi government has four functional cow shelters after one at Ghumanhera was shut in July last year when irregularities were discovered. He said the government is planning to revamp the Ghumanhera cow shelter.

We’re planning to open the most advanced cow shelter in Ghumanhera; it will be a gaushala-cum-old age home where the elderly will be in the company of cows, he said.

Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has asked all district magistrates in the state to explore whether companies would be able to run temporary cow shelters in the state as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The Yogi government has also suggested that the construction of cow shelters in the state by local bodies be carried out using funds allocated for the government’s flagship rural jobs scheme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).

Each such temporary shelter is expected to house 1,000 cows, an order issued by the UP government said.

Date: 10 Jan 2019
Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/delhi-government-to-club-cow-shelter-with-old-age-home-1427575-2019-01-10