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Cow ranch a viable mode of self employment: Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu

Unveils statue of Purushottam Jhunjhunwala

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Jan 31: Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu unveiled the statue of the first president of the State Gau Seva Commission, late Purushottam Jhunjhunwala in Chakulia on Sunday. In her address Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu observed, ‘caring for cows or the bovine species is not the responsibility of the Gaushala alone but also of individuals and society. By raising cows the income avenues open up through sale of milk and manufacture of essential curatives with cow urine and excreta. The multipurpose benefits that cow rearing provide is reason enough to take up cow ranch as a source of income for self dependence. This is why cows have been gfiven the status of Mother in the scriptures.”

Droupadi Murmu described late Purushottam Jhunjhunwala as a successful industrialist who involved himself more in social activities and a committed gausevak. She said that his statue would inspire the youth towards serving cattle. The Jharkhand Governor said, “His commitment and zeal in serving cows made him a man of national reckoning and has been emulated by many socially motivated persons. After taking over as the president of Chakulia Gaushala, he took the ranch to newer heights. He showed the way by using cows’ excreta and urine for medicinal purposes,” and added, “Setting up a Gaushala is not enough to protect and care for these animals. The entire social fabric should rise and come forward to protect, care and nurture the bovine species just as they are aware that nature in the form of rivers, plants and trees are to be saved. Thus will we be able to survive and flourish.”

The Jharkhand Governor released a magazine dedicated to the life and work of Purushottam Jhunjhunwala.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Kolhan Commissioner Manish Ranjan, DIG Rajiv Ranjan Singh, East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Suraj Kumar, SSP Dr M Tamil Vanan, DDC Parmeshwar Bhagat, DRDA Director Saurav Sinha, ADM NK Lal, NEP Director Jyotsna Singh, Ghatshila SDO Satyaveer Rajak, Chakulia Gaushala president Girdhari Goenka, secretary Sanjay Lodha, late Purushottam Jhunjhunwala’s sons Ajay and Ashok, daughter Anita, Ravi Jhunjhunwala and other administrative and Gaushala officials.

Biggest cattle farm in North East India

The cattle farm in East Singhbhum’s   Chakulia is the largest in North East India with 7,453 bovines. Most of these animals have been seized from cow smugglers. Most of these seized animals are seek and being cared for. Out of these 7,453 animals, 99 percent are bulls while the remaining one percent includes cows, buffaloes and camels. The average monthly maintenance cost of the Gaushala is Rs 75 lakh.

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