2 February 2006, as part of BAPS’ ongoing livelihood support
to tsunami affected families, the fifth and final batch of 50
milch cows were distributed at Rajasubham Kalana Madapam near
S.T. Hindu College, Nagarcoil, with the support of the CHARDEP
The chief guest at the distribution function was Shri Rama Gopalan,
founder of the Hindu Munnani in Tamil Nadu. Also present were
Ghanshyamcharan Swami and other BAPS sadhus, Dr S. Suresh Kumar,
Reader at the Pioneer Kumarswamy College, and trustees of CHARDEP.
Following the function, attended by over 1000 people, the sadhus
performed pujan of the milch cows. They were then presented to
the receiving families, together with 20 days of cattle feed such
as wheat bran, cottonseed and oil cakes, etc.
Prior to the presentation, all the beneficiaries had participated
in an intensive training programme on rearing milch cows. Good
milk yielding cows had been specially selected, appropriately
vaccinated and insured for three years.
Also, a tie-up with a local milk co-operative society had been
arranged to ensure a market for the milk produced.