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State legislature has exclusive powers on preservation of cattle: Sharma

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Preservation of is a matter on which state legislatures have exclusive powers, the government said today, asserting that it was up to them to enact laws on cow slaughter.

In a written reply, of State for Environment told the Lok Sabha that all states and union territories, except Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Lakshadweep, have legislations on banning or restricting slaughter of cow and its progeny.

The reply comes in the backdrop of rising incidents of lynchings in the country over of

"Under the distribution of legislatives powers between the and states under Article 246(3) of the Constitution, the preservation of is a matter on which the of the states have exclusive powers to legislate.

"Therefore, it is up to the states to enact laws on slaughter of cows," he said.

The said, "All states/UTs have legislations on banning or restricting slaughter of cow and its progeny except five states viz Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, and and one Union Territory that is Lakshadweep," he said.

He was also asked about the number of cases which came to the notice of the government regarding selling of beef by illegally slaughtering cows in abattoirs and the action taken in such cases.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 17:55 IST