16/06/2016 11:42 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

VHP Is Pushing The Modi Government To Create A Cow Protection Ministry

A woman worships a cow as Indian Hindus offer prayers to the River Ganges, holy to them during the Ganga Dussehra festival in Allahabad, India, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Allahabad on the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna is one of Hinduism’s holiest centers. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

NEW DELHI -- The Vishwa Hindu Parishad wants the Modi government to create a separate ministry dedicated to protecting cows.

The Hindustan Times reported today that the Bharatiya Govansh Rakshan Samvardhan, VHP's cow protection wing, is urging the Bhartiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, to set a deadline for creating such a ministry.

Since the Modi government came to power in May 2014, leaders from the BJP as well as from Hindutva groups such as the VHP, and its affiliate, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, have brought the issue of cow protection to the fore.

The VHP wants such a cow protection ministry to ensure a total ban on cow slaughter and beef consumption, and is pushing lawmakers to bring up the issue during the Monsoon session of Parliament, a senior VHP worker told HT.

A similar attempt was made last year as well, the newspaper reported, but not with much success.

The VHP and RSS also believe that such a ministry is needed to protect those Indian breeds of cow, which are are facing extinction, and to improve the milk production.

“India should aspire to be number one in milk production and exports, instead of meat. There are numerous scientific studies that prove the advantages of not consuming beef,” an RSS functionary told HT.

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