The NDA government will try its “level best” to bring in a countrywide ban on slaughter of cows by evolving a consensus, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday.
“Cow slaughter cannot be accepted in this country. We will make all-out efforts to ban slaughter of cows and will also try hard to have a consensus for this purpose,” he told a gathering of spiritual leaders of Shwetambar Jains.
“Nobody can question our commitment to ban cow slaughter. The BJP in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra has enacted a tough law for this purpose. We didn’t spare time to send a bill passed by Maharashtra government to President for his assent,” he said, referring to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act which also extends the ban on slaughter of bulls and bullocks.
Acharya Shivmuni wanted the Centre to bring in a legislation to ban slaughter of buffaloes besides cows. To this, Singh said the government needs to have an absolute majority in both Houses to enforce a complete ban.
Describing Jainism as the “gem” of Indian culture, he said CERN’s 2012 experiment on “God Particle” showed that scientists have now started believing in Jainism’s theory of creation of world from a basic particle called ‘Pudgal’.
Singh on Sunday also assured monetary packages to farmers across all states who suffered crop loss due to unseasonal weather in the first week of March. “We have invited crop loss statistics from states, and very soon a relief package will be announced to the extent of losses suffered,” Singh said.
The home minister along with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan conducted an ariel survey on Sunday to gauge the extent of crop loss in Indore, Ujjain, Dewas, Rajgarh, Sehore, Guna and Gwalior districts of western MP. Apart from these, rabi crops in Raisen, Sagar, Khargone and Tikamgarh among other districts were also affected.