Special Correspondent

It will be in consonance with Article 48 of the Constitution

Bangalore: The Government has planned to introduce a Bill in the next session of the legislature to prevent slaughter of cows and draught cattle in the State.

The Bill will be in consonance with Article 48 of the Constitution, which has a specific reference to slaughter of milch and draught animals.

Minister for Home V.S. Acharya, Minister for Animal Husbandry Revu Naik Belamagi and Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Kumar met here on Thursday along with senior officials of their respective departments to discuss the features of the new legislation.

Dr. Acharya told presspersons that the Government was keen on ensuring that the cow and draught cattle slaughter should be in accordance with the various directions of the Supreme Court and in consonance with Article 48 of the Constitution that refers to the promotion of animal husbandry. It also refers to prevention of slaughter of milch and draught animals. The Government tried to make some minor amendments to the prevention of cow slaughter Act in the Belgaum session of the legislature. It will now redraft the legislation with Article 48 of the Constitution as the theme.

Asked whether the Government was contemplating total ban on slaughter of animals, the Home Minister replied in the negative.

The Home Minister also held discussions with Director-General and Inspector-General of Police, Ajai Kumar Singh, on the steps taken by the police in Mysore following a communal clash. “The death of three persons in the clash was due to stabbing. The police initially lathi-charged the violent mob and thereafter fired rubber bullets. The situation in Mysore is under control and there is no need to clamp curfew. Central police contingents are expected to arrive in Mysore from Coimbatore following a requisition made by the State Government,” he said.

Dr. Acharya announced compensation of Rs. 1 lakh to the kith and kin of each person who died in the clash.

The Home Minister also announced the recruitment of 144 assistant public prosecutors.