Cows won't starve to death now onwards says Assam's Chief Minister

Cows won't starve to death now onwards says Assam's Chief Minister

Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in Assam on Thursday approved to provide funds to ‘Gaushalas’ (cow shelters) in the state to feed cattle.

The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The information about the decision was shared by the Twitter Handle of Assam's Chief Minister Office.

“Gaushalas are usually operated by trusts with public donations. But in some cases that money isn’t enough and a meager amount is too less to feed the cows. Hence, the cabinet decided to do gap-funding of the additional amount needed by them,” parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told media persons.

The oldest ‘gaushala’ of the state - Shree Gauhati Gaushala - was started in 1916. It has over 1,300 cows at present.

The cabinet also decided to ask the state election commission to conduct elections to the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) by December 15.

“It was decided that till the election process gets over, the ongoing Governor’s rule in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) areas will continue,” Patowary said. Elections to BTC, which was ruled by Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), a partner in the BJP-led ruling coalition, was scheduled in April this year. But the entire Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD), which comprises four districts, was placed under Governor’s rule the same month as polls could not be held due to the Covid-19 lockdown.