The Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh
is considering adopting a corporate model for the proposed smart cow
shelters. The state government is in talks with a Delhi-based company to manufacture some 300 air-conditioned cow
shelters for its 0.6 million cow
population. The company will make 60 cow shelters a year for the next five years. This smart cow shelter project will be funded through MGNREGA
and CSR funds. Cow shelters were an important issue in the Congress
party manifesto released before the Assembly elections. The Congress
party also accused the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government of not setting up a single cow shelter in the state during its 15-year regime.
The Kamal Nath-led Madhya Pradesh
government, hanging by a wafer-thin majority, is finding it difficult to keep its ministers under control. During a recent meeting, a minister, allegedly owing allegiance to the Scindia camp, got into an altercation with Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Those present at the meeting said they had never seen anything like that before. There are rumours that Nath, who is under pressure from independent MLAs and smaller allies, might have to expand his cabinet to "accommodate" allies. And to make space for new ministers, he might have to ask some current ones to resign. This rumour has created a flutter in the Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh camps. Some ministers are said to be holding unofficial meetings and preparing their responses to handle such an eventuality.