Bhopal: In order to boost the rural economy, the Madhya Pradesh government is all set to constitute a cow cabinet, which includes officials from seven different government departments, announced Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

"It has been decided to set up a "Cow Cabinet" for the protection and promotion of cows in the state. Animal Husbandry, Forest, Panchayat and Rural Development, Revenue, Home and Farmers Welfare Department will be a part of the "Cow Cabinet". The first meeting will be held on November 22 at 12 noon on Gopashtami at Gau Sanctuary, Agar Malwa," the Chief Minister said in a tweet.

Animal husbandry, Forest, Panchayat, Rural Development, Home and Farmer Welfare departments to be a part of the 'Cow Cabinet'.

Its first meeting is scheduled to be held on November 22 on the eve of Gopasthami, a festival dedicated to Lord Krishna and cows at a gau-abhyaran or cow sanctuary in Agar-Malwa. According to Deepak Vijayvargiya, chief spokesperson for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, the decision is aimed at developing an alternative source of rural employment by harnessing the potential of cows and the resources available through it.

The MP government, however, is yet to come up with more details of powers and responsibilities of the cow cabinet.

Cattle conservation had remained a pivotal concern during the assembly polls and then the bypolls with the Congress party making conscious efforts to rob BJP of this issue.