Kathiria said the chips are not certified by any scientific body but have been tested in laboratories Credit: Commons

The chief of a federal body on animal husbandry has unveiled a chip made of cow dung, claiming it reduces radiation from mobile handsets.

Vallabhbhai Kathiria, chairman of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog showcased the chip while launching “Kamdhenu Deepawali Abhiyan”, a campaign to promote products made of cow dung.

“Cow dung is anti-radiation. If you bring this home and place it in (on) your phone, it (the phone) will become radiation-free,” Kathiria said, showcasing the product at a press conference on Monday.

The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog is a body under the ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying, set up by the Narendra Modi government for “conservation, protection and development of cows and their progeny”, according to its website.

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Kathiria said the chips are not certified by any scientific body but have been tested in laboratories. “You can test its effectiveness in any laboratory and even in colleges,” he said. Over 500 ‘gaushalas’, or cow shelters, are making these anti-radiation chips, he claimed.

Kathiria also touched upon actor Akshay Kumar’s recent claims on consuming cow urine for health benefits and also said that the actor has eaten cow dung.

The cow is revered by many Hindus, and some believe its by-products, such as urine, promotes health and well-being. In February, Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, president of the Hindu Mahasabha, a conservative Hindu organisation, declared that “consuming cow urine and cow dung will stop the effect of infectious coronavirus”.

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