Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Affcap Meeting With Rajasthan’s Minister Of Cow Protection

Recently, AFFCAP met with Mr. Otaram Dewasi, the Honourable Minister in Charge of Cow Affairs (Gaupalan) for the State of Rajasthan. In addition, Mr. Amra Choudhary, Rajasthan’s Revenue Minister and Mr. Ashok Shekhar, Additional Chief Secretary of the Devsthan Department, and Mr. Manish Goyal, Mr. Devasi’s Executive Secretary, attended the meeting.

AFFCAP was represented by Pancaratna das, Managing Trustee, Mr. Vineet Pande, Membership Director, Mr. Manglam Ram Patel, Chief Gaushala Inspector, along with Vyapaka das, AFFCAP Executive Secretary.

The gathering had no specific agenda and was meant to introduce the Honorable Ministers to the activities and scope of the Ahimsa Foundation for Cattle Protection (AFFCAP).
The Honorable Mr. Devasi was suitably impressed with AFFCAP’S objectives that he requested a proposal on a pilot project to begin identifying cows beginning with one Gaupalan district in Rajasthan. The district being considered contains 284 gaushalas supporting a population of 50,000 government-registered cows.

Based on his experience, our Chief Gaushala Inspector, Mr. Manglam Ram Patel, estimates that the gaushalas registered with the Government amounts to 25%, or less, of existing establishments. The reason for this is their ignorance of the government schemes available. As an example, registered gaushalas are eligible for financial support for fodder, but many are unaware of the program.

Presently, AFFCAP is formulating a proposal for a Pilot Project with the goal of identifying this region’s registered cows. According to Ministry records, there is presently over one and a half million cows officially registered in government programs throughout the State.

Of course, the devil is in the detail, but we will report back regarding our success or failure in designing and implementing the Ahimsa Verification Program throughout these first 284 gaushalas.
The members of AFFCAP are both humbled and enlivened by this new and exciting opportunity and wish to publicly thank the Honorable Minister Dewasi for the opportunity he is providing to AFFCAP’s cow protection efforts.

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Meet India’s first cow Minister Otaram Dewasi

Meet India’s first cow Minister Otaram Dewasi

NEW DELHI: His community — Dewasi, a livestock- dependent tribe traditionally-addresses him as "Bhopajj" or priest. He dresses up like a cow-herd himself: a long white cloth wrapped around his bare torso, red turban, dangling ear rings et al. With a lathi in tow, he walks into everywhere, even the chief minister's office in Rajasthan

Otaram Dewasi , 48, happens to be the Rajasthan's minister in charge of cow affairs. As for himself, India's first-ever minister for the 'divine' bovine likes to address himself as "Gaupalan Mantri".

BJP and Vasundhara Raje had promised a separate ministry for cows in its poll manifesto. And when the party came to power with Raje as CM in December 2013, she promptly announced a ministry for the protection of cows, which was later transformed to a "department" after the move struck a constitutional hurdle since states can't set up new ministries.

In October, 2014, Dewasi was made minister of dairy and devasthan — administration of temples that get government funds — with the extra charge of the "gaupalan department". His responsibility also includes overseeing Rajasthan's Gau Seva Commission and Cow Conservation Directorate.

Three months into his tenure, Dewasi says he is proud of what he has done with securing the future of cows in this desert state. And he believes he has set up a department for rest of India to emulate should any other state want to follow this 'Rajasthan Model.

Dewasi, who himself owns "20-25 cows", wants the canvas for cow protection to be bigger. "I have sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Union budget so that I can impress upon him on the urgent need to set up a cow ministry at the Centre," Dewasi tells ET.

"I believe if cows have to be saved then every state in India must have separate ministries for cows," he says, insisting that he's not being just rhetorical. So what about buffalos, goats, even the state's official animal, camel? Dewasi  dismisses the question, almost chiding you for being naive.

Official website of Otaram Dewasi http://www.otaramdewasi.in/

Timesofindia: Read more at The Times of India

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Announcing the launch of our website: www.otaramdewasi.in/

Hello All,

We're excited to announce that our officially website of Otaram Dewasi is live.
We would also like to thank our amazing staff at #otaramjidewasi who donated their time and energy to make this site what it is.
For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please visit our official website:  http://www.otaramdewasi.in/

Thank You! 
(Minister- Gaupalan Department, Government of Rajasthan)
(Member of Legislative Assembly- Sirohi, Rajasthan)