No beef within 5 km of temples: Assam CM tables Cattle Preservation Bill

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Monday tabled the Assam Cattle Preservation Invoice, 2021 — with an purpose to manage “slaughter, consumption, unlawful transportation” of cattle — within the state Meeting. If handed, the brand new laws will repeal the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950.

The proposed regulation prohibits the interstate transport of cattle to and from, in addition to by means of Assam with out legitimate paperwork. It additionally prohibits promoting and shopping for of beef in areas that are inhabited by “non-beef consuming communities” in addition to inside a radius of 5 km of any temple.

Reacting to the Invoice, the Opposition has stated that it’s going to herald amendments. The Chief of Opposition, Debabrata Saikia of the Congress, stated they’re getting the Invoice examined by authorized specialists.

Sarma had earlier stated the proposed laws was to ban motion of cattle to maintain in verify cattle smuggling to Bangladesh, which shares a 263-kilometre-long border with Assam. He stated the 1950 Act lacked adequate authorized provisions to “regulate slaughter, consumption and transportation of cattle” and thus it was crucial to enact a brand new laws.

The regulation will prolong to the whole state and apply to cattle that features “bulls, bullocks, cows, heifer, calves, female and male buffaloes and buffalo calves.”

As per the 1950 Act, cattle slaughter is allowed just for cattle “over 14 years of age” or these “unfit for work” in Assam topic to a “fit-for-slaughter certificates” issued by an area veterinary officer after examination. Below the brand new regulation, the identical approval certificates for all cattle is required — nevertheless, it provides {that a} cow can’t be slaughtered no matter age. “No certificates shall be issued except the Veterinary Officer is of the opinion that the cattle, not being a cow, is over fourteen years of age; or the cattle, not being a cow, heifer or calf, has develop into completely incapacitated from work or breeding because of unintentional harm or deformity,” it says.

Part 7 of the Invoice, ‘Prohibition on transport of cattle’ states that and not using a legitimate allow, transport of cattle is banned from Assam to states the place slaughter of cattle shouldn’t be regulated by regulation, and from one state to a different “by means of” Assam. It additionally provides that cattle can’t be transported throughout the state (inter-district), with out paperwork.

Nevertheless, no permission is required to move cattle for grazing or different agricultural or animal husbandry functions, in addition to to and from registered animal markets, inside a district.

The proposed laws additionally says that no individual shall “immediately or not directly” promote or purchase beef or beef merchandise aside from in permitted locations by the authorities. These embody areas that are “predominantly inhabited by Hindu, Jain, Sikh and different non beef consuming communities”, or “inside a radius of 5 km” of any temple, sattra (vaishnavite monasteries established by 16 th century poet-saint Sankardeva) or “every other establishment as possibly prescribed by the authorities.”

The proposed regulation additionally provides law enforcement officials, or every other individual authorised by the federal government, the ability to “enter and examine any premises” inside their jurisdiction the place he has “cause to imagine that an offence below the Act has been or is more likely to be dedicated.” Within the 1950 Act, this energy was given solely to the Veterinary Officer and Certifying Officer, appointed by the federal government.

Anyone discovered responsible will be jailed for a time period of minimal three years (extendable as much as eight years) and fined Rs three lakh (with the higher restrict Rs 5 lakh). For repeat offenders, the punishment shall be doubled.

The federal government additionally could set up gaushalas (shelters) to maintain recovered cattle.

“This isn’t a Invoice to guard cows, and even respect cows. This has been introduced to harm the emotions of the Muslims and polarise communities additional. We oppose it and can attempt to herald modification resolutions,” stated Aminul Islam, All India United Democratic Entrance (AIUDF) legislator.

“There are a number of problematic areas within the Invoice — for instance the 5 km rule about beef. A stone will be laid and a ‘temple’ will be ‘constructed’ anyplace by anybody — so it turns into very ambiguous. This will likely result in a number of communal rigidity,” Saikia stated.
All Opposition events staged a walkout on Monday — the primary day of the Funds session of the Meeting — after the Speaker didn’t permit a dialogue on the problems of value rise of gas and different important commodities.

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