The new gobar economy of Chhattisgarh

Politics in the name of cow welfare has seen political parties fashion various policies and programmes in states governed by them. Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh took it a step further in July last year by launching a scheme for its citizens to be able to monetise cow dung. The Godhan Nyay Yojana, which intended to provide income support to cattle owners through procurement of dung, is now being pegged by the Bhupesh Baghel government as a source of vermicompost to address the shortage of chemical fertilisers in the state. Plans are also afoot to diversify the cow dung product range by manufacturing items like paint, phenyl and gau kasht (cow-dung log, used in funerals).