NEW DELHI: To keep a check on the increasing violence against cattle traders, the Centre on Tuesday told the apex court it is reconsidering certain aspects of its recently-notified rules on cattle trade. Accepting the Centre’s submission, the Supreme Court extended the stay imposed by Madras High Court on the notification that banned the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, for three months across the country.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is directly guiding the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on revising the rules and a national-level meeting of stakeholders will soon be held to arrive at a consensus. Among the stakeholders will be representatives from the meat and leather industry, farmers’ organisations, State authorities and other experts.
“The idea is for all parties dealing with cattle trade to arrive at a consensus. Once a draft is agreed upon, the ministry will put it on the website, inviting comments. Based on the comments, a new notification or an amendment to the existing one will be issued. The process is likely to take two months,” said a senior environment ministry official, adding that the ministry is treading cautiously as the PMO is directly monitoring the issue. This move comes as a relief to the leather and meat industry, which faced difficulty with the earlier notification.
Animal rights activists claim reconsidering the rules is a political move. “The 2019 LS elections seem to have made the govt rethink its decision,” said a member of the committee that drafted the rules