Amidst the uproar over Cow and banning on their slaughtering, Gau Seva Parivar- an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh recently approached the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to implement the use of cow dung cakes in funeral pyres instead of firewood at government crematoriums.
GSP pracharak Lalit Agarwal claimed that cow dung cake will be useful as it will emit fewer pollutants as compare to logs. Also, it will take less time to burn as compared to log because of less moisture.
The organisation gave a demonstration at Neemtala crematorium in front of KMC officials and convinced them upon the idea. According to their estimates, nearly 250 Kg of cow dung is required for cremation and an equal amount (250 Kg) of logs for the same purpose. So it will be beneficial is former is opted for cremation.
“They were surprised to see our demonstration because cow dung is economical as compare to logs,” he said.
“We are happy that the KMC officials have appreciated our move. Now we are waiting for their permission so that we can start this eco-friendly initiative at the earliest. There are many benefits of using cow dung cake because it is economical, eco-friendly, emits less population, it will save deforestation and good for departed soul,” Agarwal added.
“Cow dung has a spiritual significance because earlier (especially in villages) floor used to be smeared with it (cow dung) before placing a body”.
The Gau Seva Parivar has decided to purchase cow dung making machines after they get the permission. This will make the dung easily available. They have already roped in several gaushalas across the state to procure cow dung for the production of cakes in large numbers.
“We are thankful to Gau Mata for giving us so many products starting from medicines, drink to positive energy. Instead of doing politics we should work together for the dignity of the cow,” Agarwal said to News 18.