Guwahati, 14th July: The new cattle bill in Assam has been tabled by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma in Assam legislative assembly to protect cattle.
Beef cannot be sold in some specific ares
This bill says that beef or beef products cannot be sold in predominant Hindu Sikh or Jain areas as they do not entertain the consumption of beef or beef products. Besides this beef cannot be sold within a 5 km area of any temple or sattra. This is an aspect of The Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021 with unique features and it aims to regulate slaughter, consumption and illegal transportation of cattle.
No other anti-slaughter rule specifies area
Many indian states already have anti slaughter rules but none of them talks about any specific areas like Assam has specified. Opposition leader Debabrata Saikia of Congress said that many issues can arise in future for the Bill and they experts are examining all those issues.
5 km rule about beef can be a big issue
The biggest issue expected to arise is the 5 km rule about beef. A stone can be laid and a ‘temple’ can be ‘built’ anywhere at any time. Hence the law can cause communal tensions in the various parts of Assam.