Hours after Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the setting up of a ministry of cows, state Cow Protection Board chairperson Swami Akhileshwaranand expressed his happiness over the decision.
Speaking to ANI, Akhileshwaranand, who enjoys the cabinet minister rank in the state government, said: ''Its a moment of joy for me. I felt really happy when I got the opportunity of looking after cows as the ministry in the state. I am happy with this step. I knew that only Shivraj Singh Chouhan can do this work.''
He further said that the Chief Minister will decide who will look after the ministry.
After being elevated from the post of chairman of the state's cow protection board to the rank of a cabinet minister in the Madhya Pradesh government, Swami Akhileshwaranand had appealed to Chouhan for the formation of cow ministry.
On September 30, 2018, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan called for the establishment of a full-fledged independent ministry in the state for the protection of cows. Addressing a public gathering in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, the Chief Minister said;
'' We already have a Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board, but it is my wish from the heart to make a full-fledged ministry for the protection of cows. A board has its own limitations as to it the government provides fewer funds in different installments, but if an independent ministry will be created there will be a better inflow of finances.''
Emphasising further on the need to intensify people's effort for the protection of cows, Chouhan advised citizens to shelter cows in their homes as per their capacity.
''People should start doing more for the protection of cows. If every house just shelters two to four cows as per their capacity, there can be a big revolution,'' he added