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Cong MLA seeks restarting of bullock cart race in Ludhiana

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

A today sought a resolution to be passed in the Assembly to allow the traditional rural sport of bullock cart racing at Kila Rraipur in

During the in the ongoing Budget Session here, Kuldeep Singh Vaid said, "If Assembly like other states of and Karnataka, passes a resolution, the bullock cart race can be held at "

He said at present, it was difficult to meet the conditions put forth by the deputy commissioner concerned to hold the race, claiming that there was no cruelty being done to the animals during race.

Vaid earlier posed a question that whether the proposed to start ox races in the sports festival at Kila Raipur in

Replying to the query, cultural affairs minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said, "Earlier, bullock carts races were organised by an at Kila Raipur in Ludhiana. During the races, no cruelty was inflicted upon the bulls. Infact they were provided healthy food. This game also led to increase in income of local people."

However, due to a judgement of the Supreme Court on Jallikattu, the bullock cart races were banned under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. There is no proposal to restart the bullock cart races by the department, he said.

However, he the DC concerned can permit bullock cart races subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions as laid down in the notification issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

The from Gill constituency said it was difficult to meet the conditions.

Later to another query, Sidhu said 'budha nullah' in Ludhiana had turned into sewer despite the previous spending Rs 21.67 crore on its cleaning.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 20 2017. 01:57 IST