Agartala: In order to motivate the people of the state to start domestication of cows, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday said that said unlike setting up big industries in which “one has to invest Rs 10,000 crore for employing 2000 people”, giving 10,000 cows to 5,000 families will help people start earning in "six months".
As a start, Deb said that he would start domestication of cows at his residence. "This will also inspire people of Tripura to do the same and would help fight malnutrition,” he was quoted as saying by media reports.
The CM also announced that the state government will launch a scheme for distributing cows among 5,000 families to generate employment in the state.
This is not the first time that Deb had talked about cattle rearing as a source of earning. In April, Deb had advised graduates to rear a cow instead of remaining unemployed. “Every household must rear a cow. Here milk sells for Rs 50 a litre. Had a graduate who has been searching for employment in the last 10 years reared a cow, then their bank balance would have been Rs 10 lakh by now,” he had said.
Deb added that narrow-minded concepts like “a graduate cannot opt for farming, start poultry, or piggery because if he does so, his class will go down” has left many without any earnings.