Chaddi Priorities: How funds for old cows in India may outstrip that for senior citizens

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Chaddi Priorities: How funds for old cows in India may outstrip that for senior citizens

Post by Rashmun on Mon May 29, 2017 9:49 pm

Interestingly, a look at the numbers reveal that the government's proposed expenditure on caring for unproductive cows far outstrips the amount of public money dedicated to the welfare for India's senior citizen populace.Going by even the most conservative calculation, the proposal to establish a cow shelter in each Indian district will have the government spending about Rs 778 crore every year on feeding India's unproductive cows (those that do not yield milk).

On the other hand, the government in 2014-15 had spent around Rs 22 crore on taking care of over 4,000 senior citizens in government-backed 187 old age homes, each with a capacity of 25, across India.

The 'one-cow-shelter-one-district' proposal would see the government sheltering over 3.5 lakh unproductive cows across the country. Incidentally, about 1 crore unproductive cows are added the overall cattle population each year in the country.

On the contrary, 4,675 (187 old age homes multiplied by their maximum capacity of 25) senior citizens form a small fraction of the country's 103.8 million old age population.


http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/why-old-cows-are-set-to-beat-senior-citizens-in-new-india/1/938246.html

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