M'rashtra to hasten cow slaughter ban

M'rashtra to hasten cow slaughter ban

The state government has speeded up the process to get Presidential assent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, which aims to ban cow slaughter.

Recently in Kolhapur, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had pitched for the law. Senior cabinet colleagues–Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar–besides others are in favour of reviving the bill and seeking the President’s assent.

“It is a very important issue and hence we are requesting for granting of ascent,” an official in the chief minister’s office told Deccan Herald on Thursday. The bill was passed in 1995 when the Shiv Sena-BJP government came to power. Shiv Sena’s Manohar Joshi was the chief minister and BJP leader late Gopinath Munde was the deputy chief minister. 

Now that the BJP-Shiv Sena government is back in power, they are keen on bringing the law.  

Mahesh Phatak, secretary, animal husbandry and fisheries department, in a letter dated November 13 has informed the Centre that the new government in the state wanted to follow up on the bill and wants it to be enacted. 

A few days ago, the Ministry of Home Affairs wanted  to know if the government was interested in pursuing the bill, passed way back in 1995 by the legislature.Senior BJP leaders said that the previous government–the Congress-NCP Democratic Front–has not followed it up.