Bengaluru: The Union government of India has set aside a sum of Rs 900 crore for the maintenance of goshalas across the country. 

This move to allot this sum goes a long way in taking care of cows, especially during the COVID-19 times. 

However, the amount will disbursed to only those goshalas that have registered themselves. 

It might be recalled that Vishwaprasanna Tirth Swamiji of Pejavar Mutt had written a letter to the Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in this regard, noted Times of India. 

It was reported that the seer had pleaded with Sitharaman to dedicate Rs 200 crore for the betterment of goshalas as they were financially troubled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last Tuesday, Swamiji visited the minister and reminded her of the he had placed. Taking note of that, Sitharaman informed him that the finance ministry has already transferred Rs 900 crore for the cause.

The website further noted that the registered goshalas will receive their funds through the state governments, who will be apprised of the fine print of the scheme by the ministry. Sitharaman asserted that her department will also ensure that there is transparency in the disbursement of the amounts.

Pleased with the government’s response and considering the occasion of Diwali, Sri Vishwaprasanna Tirtha Swamiji gifted the union minister two handloom sarees that were woven by the members of Udupi Weavers Cooperative society, the website added. 

He also offered her the prasad of Shri Krishna, presiding deity of the temple, with fruits on a silver plate. Vasudev Bhat, a social activist present during the meeting, said, “The minister exhibited her humility by conducting the entire discourse with the Pejavar mutt swamiji by being seated on the floor,” the website further added.