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The protests compel the Gujarat government. To withdraw the Cattle Control Bill

On 18 September, cattle ranchers warned state officials that they would stop supplying milk to dairies.

On 18 September, cattle ranchers warned state officials that they would stop supplying milk to dairies.

Following massive protests from animal-rearing communities, the Gujarat Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill aimed at banning the movement of stray cattle on roads and public places in urban areas of the state to pacify further communities in the state. withdrawn from On Election Wednesday, members of the community staged a protest by spilling milk on the streets.

The bill, passed in the last budget session in April this year, was returned by state governor Acharya Devvrat, the ‘Gujarat Cattle Control (Maintenance) Bill in Urban Areas’ to the state government “with a request to reconsider it and make it necessary”. was later withdrawn. Amendment.”

On 18 September, cattle ranchers held a massive convention warning state officials that if the bill was not withdrawn, they would launch a statewide protest and stop milk supply to dairies.

The bill mandated that livestock owners were required to obtain licenses to keep and tag animals such as stray cows and bulls in cities and towns, failing which they could face police action.

On Wednesday, which was the first day of the two-day assembly session, a motion to withdraw the bill was put to vote by Minister of State for Urban Development Vinod Moradia.

Before the vote, Speaker Nimaben Acharya informed the House that the Governor had returned the Bill with his message on 17 September.

“In his message, the governor said that he has received representation from the Maldhari (cattle rearer) community against the bill. Animal husbandry is a part of our life. Therefore, in view of the representation, the Governor said that he is returning the Bill for reconsideration and making necessary amendments,” the Speaker said while reading out the Governor’s message.

The bill was cleared in the last assembly session on April 1 amid protests by the opposition Congress, which termed it a “black act” during discussion in the proceedings of the House.

However, despite protests from members of the opposition party, leaders of the ruling party insisted that the bill was necessary as the practice of keeping cattle such as cows, buffaloes, bulls and goats in urban areas was causing trouble for the city dwellers. Livestock keepers allow their animals to roam the streets and other public places.

The Bill states that after obtaining a license for his cattle, the owner has to get the cattle tagged and stop the cattle from going on the roads or any other public place in the city.

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If the owner fails to tag his cattle within 15 days, he shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine of Rs 10,000, or with both, as per the provisions of the Bill.

The sale of fodder for cattle in non-designated areas in cities is also prohibited under the Bill as it creates nuisance in public places and especially on roads.

In addition, any person who assaults officials or creates obstruction during cattle-catching operations by civil authorities shall be punished with one year’s imprisonment and a minimum fine of Rs 50,000.

Cattle without the tag will be confiscated and shifted to a permanent shed by the authorities and released after paying a fine of ₹50,000.

As soon as the bill was passed, massive protests by the Maldhari community broke out across the state, forcing the government to put it on hold.

“In his message, the Governor said that he has received representation from the Maldhari (cattle rearer) community against the Bill”Nimaben AcharyaGujarat Assembly Speaker

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