The number of promises made by political party leaders competing for votes is rising as the election campaign in five states heats up. Digvijaya Singh, a former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, is running for Congress and has pledged that if the party wins the state’s election, it will buy cow dung at a price of Rs 3 per kilogram, similar to the Chhattisgarh government. At a program marking the end of Computer Baba’s “Gau Mata Bachao Yatra” in the Madhya Pradesh district of Ujjain on Wednesday night, Singh made the remark.
“Our aim was to serve cows in the state and the country. I also want to say that in Chhattisgarh, the government buys cow dung at Rs 2 a kg. We promise that if our government comes to power in Madhya Pradesh, the government will buy cow dung at the rate of Rs 3 a kg. Along with this, we will make manure from it and give it to the farmers in the entire state. Organic farming is our goal” said Digvijay Singh
Godhan Nyay Yojana was started in Chhattisgarh in July 2020. This scheme involves purchasing of cow dung at Rs.2 per kg has become very popular. The cow dung purchased under the scheme is used for making organic manure.
According to the Chhattisgarh government, till July 2022, under the Godhan Nyaya Yojana, a total of Rs 155 crore 58 lakh has been paid to cattle rearers, villagers, and cow dung sellers in lieu of the purchase of cow dung.