Otaram Devasi, 48, whose community the Rabaris is a livestock dependent tribe traditionally, is now Rajasthan's minister in charge of cow affairs. Devasi, India's first ever minister for the divine bovine who likes to address himself as 'gaupalan mantri' was made minister of dairy and devasthan – the government funded administration of temples – with the additional charge of the gaupalan department. His responsibility also includes overseeing Rajasthan's Gau Seva Commission and Cow Conservation Directorate. In its poll manifesto the BJP and Vasundhara Raje promised a separate ministry for cows and when Raje was appointed CM she announced a ministry for the protection of cows, which was later transformed to a department, after the move struck a constitutional hurdle since states cannot set up new ministries. Devasi who owns some 25 cows says he has sought an appointment with PM Narendra Modi so he can impress upon him the urgent need to set up a cow ministry at the Centre, as he believes cows have a spiritual importance and must be protected at any cost. He intends to request the PM to ban cow slaughter and if need be introduce strong legislation for the purpose.