New Delhi: Days ahead of Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections 2018, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday stressed on the establishment of a Gau Mantralaya (cow ministry) in the state to serve the cows better. While addressing an event in Khajuraho, CM Chouhan expressed his desire saying,”It is my wish from the heart to make a full-fledged ministry for the protection of cows.” He also said that the cow ministry might replace the Madhya Pradesh Gaupalan Evam Pashudhan Samvardhan Board. Also Read - MP Shamed Again: Grandfather Rapes 6-year-old In Front of Her Toddler Brother, Gives ₹20 to Keep Mum

“We already have a Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board, but it is my wish to make a ministry for the protection of cows. A board has its own limitations, as to it the government provides fewer funds in different installments, but if an independent ministry will be created there will be a better inflow of finances,” news agency ANI quoted Chouhan as saying. Also Read - MP Imposes Weekend Lockdowns, CM Chouhan Says Active Covid Cases May Rise To 1 Lakh By April End

Talking about country’s first cow sanctuary established near Susner, the chief minister added that one sanctuary is not enough because the state has large number of cows. He added that the govt will built more sanctuaries by exploring the availability of land. Also Read - Bizarre: MP Minister Usha Thakur Performs Puja At Indore Airport To Ward Off Coronavirus | Watch

Chairman of the executive council of the board Swami Akhileshwarnand, who was elevated as a Cabinet minister had earlier urged the govt to establish a separate ministry devoted to cows.

Notably, Madhya Pradesh has highest population of cows in the country. The total cow population in the state is 1.96 crore against the total livestock population of 7.8 crores,” data released by the animal husbandry department claimed.