Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday launched an ambulance service for ailing domestic animals, including cows, in the state.
He also launched a toll-free number -- “1962”-- on the occasion to facilitate availability of ambulances along with a veterinarian and an assistant for providing doorstep services for treatment of domestic animals.
Chouhan flagged off 406 services under the 'Pashu Chikitsa Ambulance' (animal ambulance) scheme at a function in the state capital.
Speaking the occasion, he said, “Today, day has come when ambulances are available not just for human beings but also for animals in the state."
Vehicles found to be illegally transporting cows will be confiscated in the state, the CM said. He also announced farmers doing organic farming will be given Rs 900 per month for rearing cows and 22,000 such cultivators will get the first instalment under the scheme this month.
Besides, work is on to establish 'Govardhan' plants in different parts of the state for producing compressed natural gas (CNG) using cow dung purchased from farmers, said Chouhan.
In order to make 'gaushalas' self-dependent, Chouhan suggested using 'gaukashta' (wood made by compressing cow dung) for funerals which will help generate additional income for farmers and also conserve the environment.