Assam Assembly Passes Cattle Protection Bill Amid Opposition Walkout


'Cow Not Endangered In State, So Why...': Assam House Passes Cattle Bill

Assam has over 19 crore cows, AIUDF legislator Aminul Islam mentioned citing statistics.


The Assam Legislative Assembly on Friday handed the Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021, amid bedlam within the House, with opposition members staging a walkout after their demand to ship the draft to a choose committee wasn’t thought-about.

Cows can solely be slaughtered with authorities permission, the invoice says, and solely in licenced slaughterhouses. Such amenities, nevertheless, can not function inside a five-kilometres radius of temples, xatras, or areas the place non-beef consuming communities have a majority. Neither can cow meat be bought or purchased in such localities. Cows youthful than 14 years and calves cannot be slaughtered.

The invoice additionally restricts the transportation of the animals inside and out of doors the state with out authorities permission.

Any violation can be a non-bailable offence, resulting in jail phrases of between three and eight years.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, whereas tabling the invoice, mentioned it is going to assist construct communal concord.

“In lower Assam and Barak Valley, there have been several incidents of violence between communities due to cow slaughter and beef being found in temples. Our bill has no ill intensions. No good Muslim has opposed it,” Mr Sarma mentioned.

The invoice was first proposed by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi in his welcome speech on day-one of the Assembly after the BJP’s second time period in authorities started final June. He mentioned it was wanted to guard the “sacred animal” that gives us with “life-sustaining milk”.

It now awaits Mr Mukhi’s nod to switch the present Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950.

Section 5 of the older Act permitted slaughter on the issuance of certificates by veterinarians if the bovines had been over 14 years of age or have change into completely incapacitated for work or breeding. Section 6 says bovines could be slaughtered solely in locations specified by authorities — however Section 13 waives this rule throughout Eid.

The opposition had urged a minimum of 75 adjustments to the brand new invoice, demanding that or not it’s handed over to a choose committee of the House.

“According to statistics, there are 19.327 crore cows in Assam. Cows are not endangered animals. Why are laws being sought for conservation?” All India United Democratic Front legislator Aminul Islam mentioned.

The matter, he alleged, has been checked out by the federal government solely from a spiritual perspective.

Assam is on the coronary heart of a cow-smuggling nexus wherein. The animal is usually transported to Bangladesh by the state’s porous borders in Karimganj within the south and Dhubri and South Salmara within the west. Some smugglers additionally use the Meghalaya and West Bengal routes to take the animals to the neighbouring nation.


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