On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the audience in Vrindavan town of Uttar Pradesh stressed upon the benefits of the cow in culture and tradition of the nation. PM Modi during the event also mentioned the steps taken by his government for boosting the health of cattle in the country.
Prime Minister Modi while addressing the audience in Vrindavan said, “We cannot repay the debt of cow’s milk. The cow is an important element of India’s tradition and culture.” Modi visited Vrindavan, which is a birthplace of Lord Krishna, to serve food to underprivileged school children and to mark the three billionth meal of the Akshaya Patra Foundation.
Modi besides this also emphasised on the importance of the cow for the growth of the rural economy and how his government has introduced plans like the Rashtriya Gokul Mission and Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog for the improvement of the health of the cow.
Prime Minister Modi during his speech added, “under the scheme where the Cattle rearers can now get a loan of up to Rs 3 lakh from the bank which is a great opportunity for them. We will introduce Rs 500 crore under the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog just to look after the cow and its progeny,” the Prime Minister said.
The event was graced by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Ram Nayak and BJP’s Mathura lawmaker Hema Malini. Amidst his speech, PM Modi also emphasised on the importance of childhood vaccination and their health. It is very important for children to have nutritious food and healthy childhood so that they can stay active and healthy, said PM Modi.
The Akshaya Patra is a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore. The organisation was funded by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and is working on mid-day meals schemes with the government. Under this scheme, a total of 3 crore children were served food in 12 states with 17.6 lakh children fed every day through the network at 15,786 government schools.