Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar on Saturday said that the anti-cow slaughter bill passed by the Haryana assembly, which has provision of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh, will help in putting a complete check on cow slaughter.
He said Haryana has become the first state in the country which has enacted a law against cow slaughter.
Dhankar, who was in Saundhi village of Jhajjar district on Saturday, was honoured by the representatives of the Gulia Khap for brining the law against cow slaughter. On this occasion, he also announced `21 lakh from his discretionary quota for up-gradation of chabutra (meeting place) of Gulia Khap.
About the increasing number of stray cows in the region, Dhankar said, "The government is planning to take steps to improve the breed of the cows, besides giving financial assistance to gaushalas".
GUV LAUDS THE LAW
Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki on Saturday commended the 'Gau Sanrakshan Avam Gau Samwardhan' bill passed uninmously by the Haryana Vidhan Sabha and said that with this legislation, Haryana had carved for itself a separate identity among all states of the country.
Speaking at the centenary celebrations of Shri Gaushala at Safidon in Jind district, he said that no other service was as great as 'gau sewa', and everybody should work towards this noble cause.
The fact that the bill was passed unanimously by all parties bore testimony to the sentiments of the legislators, he said and added that with a view to promoting the cow, the state government was providing motivational grant for the rearing of local and Sahiwal breed of cows.