Chandigarh July 1: Today, Haryana became the first State in the country where the consumers would be able to get pure milk of desi cow as the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal launched pasteurized A2 milk of Desi Cow for sale to public at a function organized at Indradhanush Auditorium in Panchkula near here. Initially, the plant for A2 milk of Desi Cow has been set up at Kurukshetra where 5000 liters of milk would be processed and packed and it would be sold through Vita booths.
While addressing a State level function organized to launch the pasteurized A2 milk of Desi Cow Mr Manohar Lal said that its sale points would also be set up in Panchkula, Kurukshetra and Delhi.
The Chief Minister also launched two schemes namely One Time Settlement Scheme-2016 for the settlement of Non-Performing Assets of District Central Cooperative Banks and Micro ATM for the distribution of pension and other allowances under the social security pension of Central Cooperative Bank, Haryana.
The Chief Minister said that milk of desi cows would be purchased from the cooperative milk societies working at village level at an attractive price and would be taken to the plant at Kurukshetra where it would be processed and packed. This he said would not only increase the income of milk producers, but the consumers would also be able to get pure milk of cow. Besides, it would also promote the rearing of cows in the State.
On this occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Limited in the presence of Chief Minister. As per the MoU, the Vita milk booths would be set up at about 1500 petrol pumps of IOCL for the sale of milk and milk products.
Managing Director, Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Mr Jagdeep Singh signed the MoU on behalf of State Government and General Manger (Retail) Mr Sanjeev Sharma on behalf of IOCL. The Chief Minister said that such MoUs would be signed with other companies also so as to promote the cow milk.
While describing today as a historical day, the Chief Minister said that various steps have been taken by the present State Government for the promotion and conservation of cows. Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, 2015 was enacted. Besides, a mass movement was also launched to enhance faith of the people in cow. He said that the State Government has decided to set up ‘gau abhyaranyas' (cow sanctuaries) for the conservation for stray cows in the State. He said that these cow sanctuaries would be set up over 10 to 50 acres of land. Apart from this, arrangement of fodder, water and grant were also being made for all 408 gaushalas in the State. He said that Gau Seva Aayog has been constituted with a budget provision of Rs 20 crore. Besides, cow competitions were also being organized in the State to promote cow rearing.
Describing the cow’s milk as ‘Panchamrita’, he said that the cow milk is much more beneficial for the human body as compared to the milk of buffalo and is helpful in curing many diseases. Now, a study also reveals that electricity could also be generated from cow’s urine. He said that as the land holdings are continuously shrinking and agriculture becoming a costly affair, the people should adopt cow rearing as an alternate source of income. He said that as the people in urban areas could not rear cows, they could adopt the same in villages by way of funding them. In turn they could get pure milk and ghee, he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister also honoured the Chairpersons of various milk cooperative societies and milk unions for their outstanding contribution in milk production during the year 2015-16.
Speaking on this occasion, Haryana Agriculture Minister Mr. Om Parkash Dhankar said that it was the dream of the State Government that every household in the State have atleast one cow. He said that the State Government would ensure that the income being generated through cow milk should not be less than that of the milk of buffalo. He said that the milk of desi cow is more beneficial for human consumption as it contains A2 type protein whereas the cow of foreign breed has A1 type of protein. He said that recently, a cat-walk competition of cows was organized in village Bahu Akbarpur in Rohtak District and cash prize of Rs 2.50 lakh was awarded. He said that about 634 cows and bulls participated in the competition out of which 117 were honoured with cash prizes.
Minister of State for Cooperation Mr Bikram Yadav said that 4.50 lakh liter per day milk was purchased from various milk societies in the State whereas its sale is about 3.36 lakh liter per day. He said that it was during the tenure of present State Government that Vita has earned profit in 2015-16. For this, he appreciated the efforts made by Managing Director, Haryana Dairy Development Cooperative Federation Limited Mr Jagdeep Singh and Chief Administrative Officer of the Federation Mr Ashutosh Rajan.
Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Minister of State for Mines and Geology Mr Naib Saini, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries namely Mrs Seema Trikha and Mr Shyam Singh Rana, MLA Panchkula Mr Gian Chand Gupta, MLA Kalka Mrs Latika Sharma, senior officers of District Administration, Chairman, Secretary and large number of members of cooperative unions were also present on this occasion.