Close on the heels of the beef ban controversy, the Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) has demanded that the Centre make it mandatory for officials to register the birth and death of every cow across the country.
The MPYC said that such an action is necessary because cows enjoy a special status in Indian society, and an increasing number of states are now banning beef.
"Once every cow is registered, it will become easy to find out about cattle that are illegally transported for slaughter. Besides this, the practice of selling aged bovines can also be stopped,” said MPYC spokesperson Samir Dixit.
Criticising the BJP government for issuing contradictory statements in this regard, Dixit said, “Instead, it should take concrete steps to ensure their protection by registering the birth and death of every cow. Beef exports have gone up in the last one year, and such steps would check instances of illegal cow slaughter.”
The MPYC criticised the manner in which a BJP minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, had initially said that beef consumers should go to Pakistan, and another one – Kiren Rijiju – quickly contradicted him by saying that eating the meat was within the rights of Indian citizens.
Stating that such instances expose the confusion prevalent in the NDA, the MPYC said that the Narendra Modi government should register calves as soon as they are born to prevent atrocities against cattle.
"If the BJP government doesn't fulfil its promise of protecting cows, the Congress will launch a strong agitation against it,” an official statement issued by MPYC office secretary Ramashankar Dubey said.