Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Parashottam Rupala on Tuesday asked the Congress if it wants to begin its tenure by sanctioning cow slaughter in Karnataka, amid reports that the Siddaramaiah government may reconsider the law banning it in the state.
Shri Rupala, who addressed a press conference at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on nine years of the Narendra Modi government, said Congress president Mallikarjun Kharg and senior leader Sonia Gandhi should clarify their stand on the issue. “Do they (Congress) want their government to start its term with cow slaughter?” Mr. Rupala said.
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Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister K. Venkatesh recently said that the state government may revisit the anti-cow slaughter law When asked about this, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the Cabinet will discuss the matter.
Mr. Rupala said the Union government would consider the matter once the Congress government took a stand. He said the development brought out the “Congress mindset”.
Appreciating the central government’s initiatives in the sector he oversees, the minister said the total expenditure on fisheries from independence to 2014 was ₹3,860 crore, but now only one scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Samada Yojana, had a budget of ₹20,500 crore and encouraged the industry along India’s coastline. An additional fund of ₹8,000 crore has been created to fill the infrastructure gap.
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He pointed out that it was Shri Modi who showed the foresight and courage to create a separate ministry for this. Rupala said animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries sectors are the backbone of rural economy.
The central government has also launched mobile veterinary units and assisted the states by funding 60% of the recurrent expenditure, he said, appreciating the distribution for the nationwide vaccination program for cattle which has helped eradicate many diseases.