President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has given approval to the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill that were passed by the Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) in March 2015 but was reserved for the consideration and assent of the President.
- Now, as per passage of the Bill, cow trafficking, slaughtering and eating beef are banned in the state of Haryana.
The announcement about the bill has been made by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal Khattar at a function organized by Vishwakarma Sabha Haryana on the occasion of Vishwakarma Diwas at Meham district Rohtak.
Highlights of Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill
- Cow slaughter in Haryana will invite strict imprisonment ranging from 3 to 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh.
- Any person who attempts to export cows for slaughter would be imprisoned for 3 to 7 years and fine between Rs 30,000 and Rs 70,000 would be imposed.
- Any person who wants to export cows will have to seek permission for the same.
- Sale of beef and beef products is banned.
- Article 31 (C) of the Constitution – Law giving effect to the policy of the state towards securing directive principles which is made by the state legislature will have to be reserved for the consideration of the President for receiving his assent.
- Article 48 of the Constitution – The preservation and improvement of livestock, particularly the cow and calves is listed Article 48 under the directive principles of state policy