We cannot repay the debt of cow’s milk: PM Modi at event to feed school children in Vrindavan

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday emphasised the importance of the cow in India’s tradition and culture as he listed his government’s programmes for the improvement of the health of cattle.

The Prime Minister was in Uttar Pradesh’s Vrindavan town, which is associated with Lord Krishna, to serve food to underprivileged school children to mark the three billionth meal of the Akshaya Patra Foundation. “We cannot repay the debt of cow’s milk. The cow is an important element of India’s tradition and culture,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister said that the cow has been a vital element of the rural economy and the BJP-led government has launched schemes like the Rashtriya Gokul Mission and created Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog.

“Cattle rearers can now get a loan of up to Rs 3 lakh as the banks have opened the avenue for them,” he said. “We have decided to create the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog in the budget and proposed Rs 500 crore under it to look after the cow and its progeny,” the Prime Minister said.

The Aayog will look after effective implementation of laws and welfare schemes for cows, interim fin cane minister Piyush Goyal had announced in the Budget earlier this month.

It was an action-packed Monday for Uttar Pradesh as both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the party’s newly-appointed general secretary Priyanka Gandhi attending high profile events in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Earlier in the day, Modi had tweeted, “I will be in Vrindavan today for a unique programme — to mark the serving of the 3rd billionth meal by the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Congratulations to all those associated with this mission. Their efforts towards eradicating hunger are exemplary.”