Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Oct 1 (ANI): Hours after Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced the setting up of a ministry for cows, state Cow Protection Board chairperson Swami Akhileshwaranand expressed his happiness over the decision. Also Read - Lockdown: MP Govt Announces Rs 50 lakh Insurance Cover For Police Personnel, State Govt Staff

Speaking to ANI, Akhileshwaranand, who enjoys the cabinet minister rank in the state government, said: “It’s a moment of joy for me. I felt really happy when I got the opportunity of looking after cows as the Cow Protection Board chairperson. But later, I realised the need of a cow ministry in the state. I am happy with this step. I knew that only Shivraj Singh Chouhan can do this work.” Also Read - Coronavirus: Bhopal Enters Complete Lockdown, Only Medicine And Milk Shops to Open

He further said that the Chief Minister will decide who will look after this Ministry. Also Read - Won’t Let Anyone Toy With Human Lives: Shivraj Chouhan’s Strong Warning to Lockdown Violators

On Sunday, while addressing a public gathering in Bhopal, the Chief Minister said, “We already have a Madhya Pradesh Gaupalan Evam Pashudhan Samvardhan Board (MPGEPSB), but I want to set up a full-fledged ministry for the protection of cows. A board has its own limitations and the government small funds to it. But if an independent ministry is created there will be a better inflow of finances.” (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.