The Haryana government has decided to impose a complete ban on the sale of beef in any form in the state. Stating that the ban would also cover canned beef which was legal during the tenure of previous state government, animal husbandry minister OP Dhankar told HT on Saturday that the state government was currently framing a stringent law to clamp a complete ban on cow slaughter. A bill in the regard would be presented in the ongoing budget session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.
Dhankar said that the 'Gau Sanrakshan Avm Gau Samwardhan' law, being framed after studying the laws obtaining in different states, would have provision of 10-year jail to those found guilty of cow slaughter.
"The law also provides for action against the driver of the vehicle carrying beef and the vehicle would be impounded," he added.
There were about three lakh cows in 400 gaushalas across the state, he said and added that apart from this, about 1.5 lakh were stray cows and 18 lakh cows were being reared by people in their houses. There was a proposal to set up cow reserves for these 1.5 lakh stray cows for which land was being identified. A cow reserve would be set up in a district of the state adjoining Rajasthan, he added.
Dhankar said that there was a proposal to provide subsidy to the tune of 50% to the farmers for setting up small dairy units for indigenous cows and mini-dairy units. Similarly, 25% subsidy would be given for the setting up of big dairy units, he said.
CATTLE IN NUMBERS
" There are 3 lakh cows in 400 gaushalas across the state
" Of these, 1.5 lakh were stray cows and 18 lakh cows were being reared by people in their houses.
" There is a proposal to set up cow reserves for these 1.5 lakh stray cows for which land was being identified.