State government officials caught unawares of new cattle rules

With no official political reaction from CM KCR and no specific information from the Centre, the officials in the Secretariat were caught unawares on implementing the new animal rules.

HYDERABAD: With no official political reaction from Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and no specific information from the Centre, the officials in the Secretariat were caught unawares on implementing the new animal rules issued by the Central government.

There is no official political reaction from the CM on the Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (Regulation Of Livestock Markets) Rules 2017, so far, though the Centre is in a hurry to implement the rules across country.Interestingly, no department is studying the new animal rules as they did not know which department is concerned for the work.

Officials of Animal Husbandry department said that it is the duty of marketing department, as the new rules mostly deals with the sale of cattle at shandies while Marketing officials say they did not receive any official communication from the Centre till date. “It is the duty of Animal Husbandry department to deal with the subject,” senior officials said.

As the new rules were issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, the marketing officials gave a clue that probably the Forest department was looking into the new rules. When contacted, senior officials of the Forest Department said that probably the Animal Husbandry department was on the job.

Finally, till now, no department in the state government is said to have taken a serious look to the new animal rules framed by the Central government. Now, the moot question is whose job it is, anyway. “Sometimes we face similar situations as to which department has to look after a particular subject,” an official remarked.

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