Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to set up `Goshalas` (shelters for cows) in all districts of the state with the help of NGOs.
Several major temples in the state already have `Goshalas` where cows donated by the devotees are maintained. Approximately 2,500 cows are being maintained by the major temples.
The government would now set up one to two `Goshalas` in each district with the help of NGOs.
The government would also try to establish a `Gosamrakshana Trust` (Trust for protection and maintenance of cows) in all major temples of the state.
These decisions were taken at a state-level meeting on `Gosamrakshana` (protection of cows) held here recently with state Endowments Minister C Ramachandraiah in the chair, official sources said.
It was also decided during the meeting to constitute a committee with senior officers to study the various `Goshalas` and infrastructure required for the establishment of the existing and new `Goshalas` and to conduct awareness campaigns with the help of NGOs, they added.