A day after the editor of Haryana secondary education department’s magazine ‘Shiksha Saarthi’ was removed from the post for an article published in it that listed beef and veal as enhancers affecting the absorption of iron, state education minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Friday said anything that, directly or indirectly, promoted eating of beef could not be allowed in state government publications.
Sharma said he had asked higher education director Vikas Yadav to hold an inquiry and submit the report in a month, adding that editor Devyani Singh had clarified that the article was based on a scientific report.
“Indian values and traditions do not allow any direct or indirect recommendation to eat beef, for that also includes cow meat, whereas scientists of other countries and societies could have their own recommendations on beef for different reasons. Yadav will look into the carelessness on the part of the editor,” he added.
The write-up is still available on the website of the secondary education department. The bilingual magazine published by the department in Hindi and English had carried in its September issue the piece ‘Iron -- Vital for strength’ that described beef, veal (the meat of young cows), lamb and pork as “enhancers” that “directly affect absorption of iron in human body”. The article was written by Neeru, a home science lecturer at a Panchkula government school.
Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had recently raised a controversy by saying in an interview that Muslims could continue to live in the country but they would have to give up eating beef.
The Haryana assembly had recently passed the Gau Sanrakshan Evam Gau Samwardhan Bill, 2015, that favours a complete ban on cow-slaughter in the state and strict punishment, including jail terms ranging from three to 10 years, for killing the animal.