India, July 15 -- Karnataka on Thursday approved the setting up of gaushalas or cow shelters across the state as per the state's anti-cattle slaughter law.

"The Cabinet has approved to have gaushalas in every district," said state minister Basvaraj Bommai. He added Rs.15 crore will be earmarked for the shelters and the amount will be increased later.

In February, when the law was passed, Bommai said the government will increase the capacity of its existing 184 cattle shelters from around 50,000 to 200,000. He added more such schemes will be announced in the Budget to ease the burden of taking care of the cattle.

The Karnataka high court is hearing multiple petitions, challenging the law enacted to entirely stop cattle slaughter in a st...