The Assam authorities seeks to ban cattle slaughter and sale of beef in elements of the state the place Hindus, Jains and Sikhs are in a majority.
In this impact, the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led authorities has tabled a invoice within the Assam Assembly which additionally makes transportation of cattle from one district to a different and outdoors Assam unlawful within the absence of correct documentation.
Offences beneath the brand new proposed regulation – Assam Cattle Preservation Bill 2021 – will likely be non-bailable.
Sarma, after introducing the invoice, mentioned the “new legislation seeks to ensure that permission for slaughter wasn’t granted in areas that are predominantly inhabited by Hindu, Jain, Sikh and other non-beef-eating communities or places that fall within five-kilometre radius of a temple, satra, and any other institution as maybe prescribed by the authorities”.
Exemptions is likely to be granted for sure non secular events, he mentioned.
The chief minister additional mentioned that there was an crucial have to enact a brand new laws and repeal the sooner Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950 which lacked ample authorized provisions to manage the slaughter consumption and transportation of cattle within the state.
The regulation, when enacted, will additional prohibit an individual from slaughtering cattle until he has obtained the mandatory certificates issued by the registered veterinary officer of a explicit space.
According to the invoice, the veterinary officer will situation a certificates provided that he’s of the opinion that the bovine, not being a cow, is over 14 years of age.
A cow, heifer or calf could also be slaughtered solely it’s completely incapacitated, it mentioned. Also, duly licensed or recognised slaughter homes will likely be allowed to butcher cattle, the invoice maintained.
There will, nonetheless, be no restriction on ferrying cattle for agricultural functions inside a district. One doesn’t have to take permission for transporting cattle to and from registered animal markets for the aim of sale and buy inside a district.
Anybody discovered responsible of violating the regulation shall be punishable with imprisonment for a time period which shall not be lower than three years or wonderful that will range between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh or each. If somebody convicted beneath the brand new regulation is discovered responsible of the identical or a associated offence the second time, the punishment will likely be doubled.
The laws shall lengthen to the entire of the state and the time period ‘cattle’ shall apply to bulls, bullocks, cows, heifer, calves, female and male buffaloes and buffalo calves.
With PTI inputs