Cattle slaughter ban row: An one-day special session of Kerala Assembly began today to discuss the central government’s notification on sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for the purpose of slaughtering. The CPIM government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have criticised the ruling BJP dispensation at the Centre over issue. During the session, discussion will be held on finalising the state government’s steps on the issue. The government is considering approaching the Supreme Court and bringing in a law witin its ambit to prevent the implementation of the notification which it rejected saying this as an infringement into the state’s rights and against federal principles.
Earlier, the state government had demanded a rollback stating that the move would adversely affect the meat and dairy sectors. According to reports, Fifteen lakh heads of cattle are brought to Kerala every year and 2.5 lakh tonnes of meat worth Rs 6,552 crore sold in the state annually.
The Kerala High Court yesterday had declined to stay the Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter. The court had directed the Centre to file its counter affidavit on the impact of the notification banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter from animal markets. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court had said that it will hear on June 15 a plea challenging the Centre’s notification on the grounds that its provisions were unconstitutional.
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Considering a batch of petitions challenging rule 22 of the notification imposing restrictions on the sale of cattle last week, Justice P B Suresh Kumar had said that the court would consider the application for the stay of the notification after seeing the Centre’s counter.