Justifying his demand, Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri said that if Rajasthan could have a 'Directorate of Gauseva' and if the Chief Minister Chouhan himself could create a 'Happiness Department' in the state, then the creation of a cow ministry was also in the interests of the people.
Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri said gaushalas or cow shelters across the state could act as nodal points for day-to-day functioning of the ministry.
He said that he was "optimistic" about the formation of the cow ministry, since Mr Chouhan was now "made the chairman of the National Agriculture and MGNREGA committee," Swami Akhileshwaranand said, according to news agency ANI.
Swami Akhileshwaranand, who has been heading the Cow Protection Board since 2016, said the classification of cows under the Animal Husbandry department along with other animals should come to an end.
He said cows should exclusively come under the domain of the cow ministry; he said that 96,000 square kilometres of jungle area in the state was a resting spot for cows.
He also said that the forest department would have to follow through with policies implemented by the cow ministry.
He singled out Congress leader Digvijay Singh, saying that when he called those who protected cows as "frauds", then there was "no bigger a fraud" than him.
Swami Akhileshwaranand was elevated to the cabinet rank a week earlier on June 11, after he allegedly expressed displeasure on being appointed to a Narmada conservation panel along with other religious leaders in April, according to a Press Trust of India report.
The Madhya Pradesh government had in April appointed Namdev Tyagi, popularly known as Computer Baba, Pandit Yogendra Mahant, Swami Hariharanandji Saraswati, Narmadanandji and now deceasedBhaiyyu Maharaj. All of them had been elevated to the status of Minister of State or MoS.
"I was uneasy when I was picked for the Narmada conservation panel with some other people. In 2016, I was made the chairman of the MPCPB. By virtue of that post, I should have been given the cabinet rank but that did not happen," he said, adding that it was "just a technical (writing) mistake" under which he was given the same status as the others.
(With Inputs From PTI And ANI)
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