Panji, July 25: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who invited wrath of the protagonists of cow protection, has announced in the state assembly on Tuesday that the government would provide financial help to the farmers to take care of the old cows.
Goa had already banned the slaughter of cow in the state through a legislation enacted in 1978. Parrikar said that a scheme would be worked out in near future to provide financial help to farmers on the lines of Goa’s stray cattle management scheme.
“The economic viability of maintaining a cow lasts till it gives milk. Once the cow becomes old, it is uneconomical and unaffordable for the farmers,” Parrikar said in the state Legislative Assembly during the Question Hour.
He said the state government will prepare a scheme to provide financial help to the farmers to take care of the old cows till the cattle’s death.
The issue was raised on the floor of the House by former chief minister Pratapsinh Rane (Congress), who said farmers found it unaffordable to maintain the old cows.
Parrikar said scheme would be worked out in next two to three months, on the lines of the state’s Stray Cattle Management Scheme.