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Planning Project Cow like Project Tiger, a cow sanctuary in each state: MoS Home

Ahir, who handles Jammu and Kashmir division in the ministry, said security forces have shown restraint while dealing with protesters in the Valley.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Updated: April 21, 2017 5:45 am
hansraj ahir, india pakistan relations, china border, india border, india pak border, hansraj ahir pakistan, mos Home on pakistan, india news, indian express news Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir. PTI Photo

AMID THE nationwide debate over demands to ban cow slaughter and rising incidents of violence by gau rakshaks, Minister of State (Home) Hansraj G Ahir has said the government is considering a proposal to set up “cow sanctuaries” and start a ‘Project Cow’ on the lines of ‘Project Tiger’.

“Humne yeh socha tha, aur kaafi din se hum is pe kaam bhi kar rahe hai… Gau hatya ko rok lagana hai, usme sabse bada adanga yeh aata hai ki inko paaley kaun… Iske liye ek gau abhyaaranya banane ki zaroorat hai aur chara… uska bhi collection karna padega. Har state mein honi chahiye… hum gau hatya par rok lagana sambhav hoga (We have been considering a proposal, and have been working on it for some days now… We need to stop cow slaughter, but the biggest stumbling block is who will take care of these cows… We need to make cow sanctuaries for this, and need to make arrangements for fodder also. Each state should have cow sanctuaries… Then we will be successful in stopping cow slaughter),” said Ahir, in an interview to The Indian Express on Thursday.

Isse hoga yeh ki kisan budhi gai ko bechne nahi jayega… Yeh ek paryay ho sakta hai, jaise Tiger Project…ek Cow Project bana sakte hain (This will stop farmers from selling old cows… A Project Cow, on the lines of Project Tiger, can be started… This can be an option),” said Ahir, a BJP MP from Chandrapur in Maharashtra.

“I have discussed the matter with the environment ministry and we plan to expedite this proposal,” he said, adding that a chara (food) bank can also be set up.

Ahir, who handles Jammu and Kashmir division in the ministry, said security forces have shown restraint while dealing with protesters in the Valley. Referring to the video of a man being tied to an Army jeep, he said it was a one-off incident.

“Forces have been fighting in the Valley for years with restraint. This seems to be a one-off incident and may have been as done as per the requirement of the situation. Kashmir is an integral part of India and security forces understand their responsibility. We cannot ask them to sit quietly,” he said.

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Ahir is also in charge of the union territory division, including Delhi. Asked about the Delhi government’s allegations that the Centre was stalling their work and several proposals were pending with the hime ministry, Ahir replied: “LG has recently cancelled their office allotment because they used illegal means. How can I clear such files? There is a process for clearing files.”

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  1. M
    Apr 22, 2017 at 8:08 am
    It was true when they said this during childhood - Gaai hamaari maataa hai, Humko kuch nahi aataa hai!
    1. A
      Apr 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm
      Umm , let me guess. Among the cows to be given place in the sanctuaries will be two certain bovine creatures with names Ummmma and M mriti.
      1. S
        Apr 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm
        cons uition and democracy is of the people by the people for the people there is no question about any cow or tiger and no place place for animals - this special animall minister should be left in deep forests for some tigers food - so that his dream of project will fullfil
        1. M
          Apr 21, 2017 at 3:28 pm
          what our country needs is more mental hospitals built at a fast pace and very urgent, to accommodate these illiterate thugs and goons who use religion and fake nationalism for they defense !!!! swamy and irani are permanent residents of course, they will have company to p they time !!!
          1. K
            Apr 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm
            The minister might be aware that there are thousands & thousands of migrant workers/displaced persons in every state in our country -- without roof over their heads. Tens of thousands of poor peasants have committed suicide. Can he spare a thought for these unfortunate fellow human beings, & start "Project Indian Humans"(who are mostly Hindus) in all the states ? While in the Human Development Index ranking India has slipped to 131st place, Indian billionaires (mostly Hindus) have become richer by Rs 1.28 lakh crore in fiscal 2017. Can these billionaires, who fill the election coffers of the ruling BJP, prevent this human tragedy ?
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