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In MP cabinet meet on cows, a host of key decisions

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Use of cow-dung cakes to fuel kitchen stoves and to replace chemical fertilizer; cow urine as a pest control treatment and medicine; cow milk to improve the health of malnourished children; and the opening of 4,000 cattle shelters that will be run by self-help groups to generate an income. And a likely cow cess to fund the plans.

The decisions were made at the first Madhya Pradesh cabinet meeting on the cow held on Saturday by video link that decided to brand the cow as a “holy mother” with the potential to solve problems confronting women, children, farmers and the environment, officials said on Sunday.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, home minister Narottam Mishra, forest minister Vijay Shah, agriculture minister Kamal Patel, rural development minister Mahendra Singh Sisodia, and animal husbandry minister Prem Singh Patel participated in the meeting that decided to launch an awareness campaign to educate people about the many beneficial properties of the cow and its by-products.