Andhra Pradesh Government issued GO to Maintain and Protect Goshalas
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation express its deserving appreciation to Sri J S V Prasad, the Principal Secretary to Government for issuing GO (Governmentt Order) number 163 on May 9, 2017 requiring all the Temples to maintain Sri Gokulams for worship of Cows and Goshalas and protect Goshalas. This Order says “The sale of Bull/Oxen/He-Calves is inhuman and against the age-old Hindu traditions of Bharat. As such, all the Executive Officers in Endowments Department are prohibited from sale of Bulls/ Oxen/He-Calves, under any circumstances.”
As per the GO, “The Executive Officers of temples are directed to maintain separate sheds/spaces in their Goshalas for (i) cows (ii) Bulls (iii) Oxen (iv) Calves (v) those suffering with diseases (vi) pregnant cows, etc ., as per the availability of site.” Goshalas are also required to be fenced.
The Executive officers are also required to: 1) Establish units to prepare Gopanchakam, Jeevamrutam, Panchagavyas, etc., and us them in organic farming; 2) make special arrangements in Anna Prasadam kitchens; 3) donate Bulls/cows to nearby farmers with an affidavit to protect them; 4) engage one retired veterinarian to take care of the cows; 5) grow fodder in at least 5-6 acres of land and others.
The GO also mandate the Commissioner of Endowments to conduct reviews of Goshalas on a quarterly basis.
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