Speaking at the launch of National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an indirect attack on the Opposition spoke on 'cow phobia' and 'Om phobia'. He said that rural economy cannot be imagined without animals and therefore the govt is focussing on animal welfare. However, there are 'many' who is trying to destroy the nation as they get electric shock on heraing the word 'cow'. His remark has invited sharp criticism from Opposition.
"Its our bad luck that some people are spooked when they hear Om and Cow. There are people who think that if you say cow or Om, we have gone back to 16th century. However, there are people who have cow phobia and om phobia. Such mentality has ruined the country. In India's rural economy - animals are priceless. Can you imagine a rural economy without animals? Can a village run without animals? Can a rural family lead a normal life? But don't know why some people get an electric current after hearing cow. Friends, government is very serious for animals- after the govt was formed within 100 days- one of the big decision was for the welfare of animals," the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Modi has launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) in Mathura on Wednesday. It was done to eradicate the foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock. The launch of the programme is expected to herald the nation into a mission mode to save and nurture livestock, Indian farmers' most valuable source of additional income. PM Modi expressed a keen interest in the issue.He also had a conversation with the veterinary doctors who were present there to examine the animals that were to be taken for surgery.
The project is set for the next five years until 2024 will cost ₹12,652 crores and will be funded entirely by the government. It aims at vaccinating over 500 million livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, and pigs against FMD. According to the official Twitter account of PMO India, the programme has two parts to it and has carefully been divided into a period to control as well as eradicate diseases by 2025 and 2030 respectively. The PMO Twitter page also informed about other details on the programme, the thread of which is provided below.
PM Modi on Monday at a session of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Greater Noida, stated that the menace of plastic waste is a form of land degradation. Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said, "I call upon the leadership of UNCCD to create a global water action agenda which is central to the land degradation neutrality strategy." He also added, that apart from having adverse health implications, the use of plastic is going to render lands unproductive and unfit for agriculture. PM had during Independence Day speech urged a war against the use of plastic. He has in his Mann Ki Baat address requested that it should become a mass movement.