Assam does not need new law to tackle cattle smuggling: Cong MP
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi alleged that the Cattle Preservation Bill 2021, tabled in the Assam Assembly on Monday, “is nothing but a ploy to divert attention from the state government’s failures in COVID management and vaccination.”
“All the key provisions of this Bill are already present in the existing law of 1950. Why was that not amended if needed and implemented properly? The government does not need a new law to tackle the problem of cow smuggling,” Gogoi said, while addressing newsmen here on Tuesday.
“Therefore, this Bill is nothing but a ploy to divert attention from the government’s failures in COVID management and vaccination,” he said.
Gogoi said that the Congress had raised the issue of protection of cows a long time back.
“In the 2021 election manifesto, we had promised the construction of gaushalas in every district. The Assam Congress also raised illegal cow syndicates in the state under the BJP government,” he said.
Gogoi further said that the Bill if converted into an Act might sound the death-knell for thousands of dairy farmers and cooperatives in Assam.
“These cooperatives will not be able to take care of the aged cows that have stopped producing milk. It will create an environment of harassment when farmers want to purchase cattle. There is no mention of how to increase production of dairy, create more cooperatives, production units, et al,” the Lok Sabha MP, said.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)
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