The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has allocated ₹233 crore in the State budget for promoting and conserving cows. As part of the mandate, the State Ayurvedic department has also proposed to make and promote a health drink from cow urine. Of the ₹233 crore, the State government proposed to allocate ₹100 crore for National Cattle Health and Disease Control Programme. ₹75 crore for the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Mini Dairy Scheme, ₹15 crore for Pashu Arogya Melas (cattle health fairs) in every single block in the state, ₹27 crore for 700-odd mobile cattle hospitals to “ensure cattle health and breed improvement” and ₹15 crore has been allocated for Dairy Development Fund.Award for producing milk from native breed cowsThe State government has also announced the setting up of “Nand Baba Puraskar , an award of ₹52 lakh for people who produce largest quantity of milk from Indian breed cows. The award was launched to popularise breeding of Indian cows. Another award “Gokul Puraskar” worth ₹54 lakh has been announced by the State government for people who run best cowsheds. On the recommendation of the Gau Sewa Ayog, the State government sanctioned ₹2 crore, apart from the 233 crore, for setting up of gaushalas in 12 jails of the State.Medicines from cow urineAccording to R.R. Chaudhary, director of the UP Ayurveda department, the department planned to promote eight medicines which had been prepared at its official pharmacies in Pilibhit and Lucknow using cow urine, cow ghee and cow milk. These medicines are beneficial for medical problems related to liver, joint pain and immune deficiency. The proposal was confirmed by Dr. Prakash Chandra Saxena, principal and superintendent of Government Ayurveda College and Hospital in Pilibhit.