Rajasthan will soon have its first 'cow sanctuary', a shelter for 10,000 bovines spread over an area of more than 220 hectares in Bikaner district.
The state government on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a private trust in this regard, during Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's visit to Bikaner.
The cow sanctuary will be the latest in a string of initiatives announced by the BJP government in the state for the protection of bovines since it came to power in 2013.
The state already has a ministry dedicated to the welfare of cows and last year it had announced a 10 per cent surcharge on stamp duty towards cow protection.
Animals rescued from cattle smugglers will also find a place in the facility," said Rampal Ojha, secretary, Sohanlalji Buladeviji Ojha Gaushala Samiti, the trust that will be managing the sanctuary.
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