In a bid to implement one of its poll promises, the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state has geared up to promote products prepared from the milk of indigenous cows by making an amendment in the cow slaughter prevention Act soon.
Animal husbandry and dairying minister Om Prakash Dhankar has called a state-level convention in Rohtak on January 6 to seek feedback and suggestions from social organisations, including ‘gaushalas’ working to preserve desi cows.
“We have summoned copies of cow slaughter prohibition acts currently being implemented in different states, which are being read by a team of experts to take out the best practices helpful in preserving cows from going to butcher houses,” said Dhankar, who is also state agriculture minister.
Talking to HT, the MLA from Badli constituency said the new Haryana Act, which would be the first law to be implemented by the saffron government in the state, would work basically on two ideas. “First, it would have stringent possible punishment for offenders who get caught smuggling cows to butcher houses or other illegal purposes. Second, our government wants derive economic benefits from cows,” he said.
On the need of preserving cows, the senior cabinet minister said if one reads the market properly, a reverse process is being done, the fresh and nutrient rich cow products were not in demand, while packaged food products were being purchased by buyers.
“It’s all the game of marketing and our government would provide all the necessary help like making provisions of purity guarantee of cow products for youths who want to make a career in dairying sector,” he said.
Elaborating on the state-level convention in Rohtak next month, Dhankar said the government would seek valuable feedback from social organisations who want to contribute to the Cow Slaughter Prevention Act before it gets a final shape.