Meghalaya CM Conrad K. Sangma reacts to proposed Assam cow protection Bill. Sangma told to media that Meghalaya Government would first examine the proposed bill before any move. He said, “We will raise the issue not only with the Assam government but also the Centre if the law affects transit of cattle to Meghalaya from other States,” as The Hindu reported.
“Transportation of cattle from these States to Meghalaya should not be a problem. All steps will be taken from our side to ensure that supply is not hampered because of the law to be pass Government,” Sangma told The Hindu.
The Assam Cabinet has approved the cow protection Bill in the cabinet meeting on July 7. The proposed bill will be placed in the upcoming State assembly session. The bill will replace the existing Cattle Preservation Act, 1950. The proposed legislation would ban the movement of cattle to and from Assam to prevent cattle smuggling to Bangladesh. Assam CM Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma is in view that Beef consumption should be banned in areas where Hindus live.
It needs to mention that the Christian majority states of Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland mostly consume beef. For that purpose, cattle come to these states mainly from Bihar, Telangana West Bengal, etc. via Assam. In such conditions, the proposed legislation in Assam may affect the interests of neighbouring states.