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Home / India News / Cow exhales oxygen, must get mother of the nation tag, says Uttarakhand minister

Cow exhales oxygen, must get mother of the nation tag, says Uttarakhand minister

The single line resolution will be sent to the Union government for further consideration.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2018 10:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Rekha Arya, state minister of animal husbandry, proposed the resolution.
Rekha Arya, state minister of animal husbandry, proposed the resolution.(HT File Photo)

Uttarakhand assembly on Wednesday recommended declaration of cow as rashtra mata (mother of the nation).

The single line resolution will be sent to the Union government for further consideration.

Rekha Arya, minister of animal husbandry, proposed the resolution. “The last BJP government made Uttarakhand Protection of Cow Progeny Act, banning cow slaughter in the state. This time we want to ban cow killing in the country,” she said.

Moving the resolution in the Assembly, Arya claimed that the cow was the “only animal that not only inhales oxygen, but also exhales it”, and spoke at length about the “medicinal qualities” of cow urine, PTI adds.

“The cow is treated as an incarnation of motherhood. The cow’s milk is scientifically considered the best for newborn after his mother’s milk,” the minister said.

Leader of Opposition Indira Hridyesh sought the government stance on abandoned bovines, while state Congress chief Pritam Singh supported the resolution.

R Meenakshi Sundaram, secretary animal husbandry, claimed population of abandoned cows will be reduced in a decade.

“Nearly 75% abandoned bovines are male. Last month, we started production of sex sorted semen with the help of Inguran Sexing Technology under Rashtriya Gokul Mission. This is going to help in reducing the population of stray bovine,” he said.

The state is also giving financial aid to cow shelters. “In a decade, we would be able to reduce 20-25% stray bovine.”

(With PTI inputs)