Modi to gift 200 cows to Rwandan President’s ‘Girinka’ programme as part of his visit

On Monday, for the first prime minister level visit, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will gift 200 cows during his travel to Rweru model village in Rwanda’s eastern province. The gift is India’s contribution to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s flagship “Girinka” programme.

Officials have stated that the cows will be local as they are better adapted to the surroundings. Girinka, first launched in 2006, refers to “one cow for one poor family” programme. According to the government’s claims, nearly 3.5 lakh families have benefited from the scheme.

‘Girinka’s means have a cow, and is part of a centuries-old practice in Rwanda, in which a cow is gifted to someone as a sign of respect or a marriage dowry.

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