Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the Centre’s new notification on cattle trade will lead to financial burden on farmers. On his letter, Siddaramaiah said the the new rule will create an “enormous financial burden on farmers, thereby further contributing to the agrarian crisis,’’ the Indian Express report has said.
“I would like to bring to your kind attention that these rules are unconstitutional and will have far-reaching negative impact on the Indian society and economy,’’ Siddaramaiah wrote in his letter dated June 9, seeking revokeo of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, which were issued by the Centres last month.
In his letter the Siddaramaiah has pointed out that news rules will go against Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Act 1964, which permits the slaughter of animals aged over 12 with permission from an authorised person.
“The said rules suggest constitution of Animal Market Monitoring Committees and Animal Market Committees. This will disturb a well established structure which is already in place under the Karnataka Animal Produce Marketing Regulation Act 1966. This Act provides space for regulation and operation of animal trading through the APMCs situated all over the state. The free trade of cattle among farmers will be badly affected by the said rules,’’ the letter said.
Siddaramaiah further said that a large number of farmers across the country will be unable produce documents that have been made compulsory the new rules of the Centre and will not be able to trade cattle and other animals under the new rules.
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“Meat is a key source of protein for poor and ordinary people. It is consumed by people of all faiths and not only by minorities and Dalits. The rules of the government bring in unfair and unnecessary dietary restrictions,’’ Siddaramaiah has stated. Restrictions on the trading of cattle will affect the lives and livelihood of many people in the leather industry and many public sector meat processing units and this “will adversely affect the country’s economy,’’ Siddaramaiah added.