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 - Despite Receiving News of Mother's Death, MP Health Officer Continues to Perform His Duty

“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 - Man Walks 200 KMs From Delhi to Reach Madhya Pradesh But Dies in Agra

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 - 'Stay Away From Me, I Violated Lockdown,' MP Cop Writes on Forehead of Labourer | 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.