After plastic surgery claim, veggie chicken now?
Shiv Sena MP says Ayush ministry should certify chickens raised on Ayurvedic diet as vegetarian
Diehard vegetarians in India have something to cheer for. The reason: Shiv Sena leader MP Sanjay Raut in a debate in Rajya Sabha recently ‘revealed’ the country now also has vegetarian chickens and eggs.
Raut who was speaking on a debate on the working of the AYUSH ministry, the nodal authority for all alternative medical therapies in India, called upon the ministry to take up the matter and move to certify chickens -- and eggs --- grown as per “ayurvedic” processes be classified as “vegetarian”.
Indian politicians have been criticised offline and online for their often bizarre statements in Parliament. The current Human Resource Development minister of India Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is on record saying that the first successful plastic surgery in the history was that of the deity, Ganesha. Nishank also claimed that India was the first to conduct a nuclear test in the second century BC.
“"Once I had gone to a small village in Nandurbar region (in Maharashtra). The Adivasi people came and served us food. When I ask them what was it, they said it was an ayurvedic chicken. They also said that they take care of it in such a way that after (eating) you will get rid of all illness," said Sanjay Raut taking part in the debate on Ayush ministry’s working.
Later in his speech, he cited his visit to Chaudhary Charan Singh Agriculture Institute in Haryana where he was amazed to find students who claimed that in their farms they have vegetarian eggs from hens completely fed on ayurvedic food.
“I think AYUSH ministry should take a note of these developments and go ahead and certify these as vegetarian food,” the Shiv Sena MP from Maharashtra said.
He demanded that AYUSH ministry which deals with for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy streams of medicine in India should take a call on whether chicken is vegetarian at the earliest.
He also demanded from the government that the AYUSH ministry be allocated atleast Rs. 10,000 Crore with a substantial increment from the current allocation of less than Rs. 2000 Crore.