Defending the constitutionality of Centre’s tightest restrictions yet on cattle meat industry, finance minister Arun Jaitley said the new rule banning cattle transactions for slaughter purpose does not intrude State slaughter laws.
He was fielding questions at a conference in Delhi when he said “The clarification has nothing to do with State laws. This only deals with who can buy cattle from farmer’s market and who can’t,” Jaitley said at a press conference.
Chief Ministers from Kerala, Bengal and Tamil Nadu had marked their protests against what seemed to be Centre walking over State privileges by emphasizing that livestock and slaughter places are State prerogatives.
In his letter to chief ministers across Inida, Pinarayi Vijayan said the new regulation ‘may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying…the secular culture of our country”
Kerala Assembly Special Session on 8 Feb
Meanwhile, a special session of the Kerala Assembly is set to be held on June 8 to discuss the implications of Centre’s slaughter regulation. The notification was issued by the Ministry of Environment today.
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