The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh plans to levy a tax to raise money for cow welfare, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday.
Addressing a public meeting in Agar Malwa, Mr. Chouhan cited “Indian culture” as the rationale behind the likely decision to impose the “gaumata” tax.
“I am thinking of imposing a minor tax to raise funds for the welfare of the ‘gaumata’ (cow) and for the upkeep of cow barns … Are you okay? the head of the BJP asked while people responded in the affirmative.
“… We gave the cows the first” roti “(cooked in the household). Likewise, we gave the last roti to the dogs. This was the concern for animals in our dying Indian culture, so we are thinking of collecting a small tax from the public for the sake of the cows, ”Chouhan said.
He said a law will be enacted to manage barns in the state.
Earlier today, the CM chaired the first meeting of the new “cabinet gau” (cow cabinet) in virtual mode, during which it was decided to revive the cow economy.