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'Roll Back' government now to revoke notification banning cattle trade

Thursday November 30, 2017 12:00 PM, & Agencies

Cattle Trade Ban

New Delhi:
Accused of taking policy decisions without realising their outcome, the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi has now decided to roll back its controversial notification banning cattle trade in the country.

As reported by India Today, the move to roll back the cattle slaughter notification was made after feedback from several states.

The new law, which was announced on May 25 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi government in Delhi, had placed a nationwide ban on the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, allowing cattle trade only for plowing and dairy production.

The notification sparked outcry across the country with critics of the BJP-led central government accusing it of using its power to impose its ideology on the rest of India.

Following a petition Madras High Court had put a stay on the controversial order. When the issue came for a hearing in the Supreme Court of India, it extended to all of India the Madrasa High Court order.

The opposition parties and activists had accused the government of pushing a beef ban through the back door in keeping with the BJP’s Hindutva agenda.

The officials had cited animal cruelty and unregulated animal trade as reasons behind the ban, while critics believed the ban to be "unconstitutional" as it endangered the livelihood of millions of Indians employed in the cattle-related industries.

The Supreme Court, in issuing its decision, stressed the hardship that the ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter had imposed.

"The livelihood of people should not be affected by this," Supreme Court Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said in his ruling.

“Needless to say that the interim direction issued by the Madurai bench of the Madras high court shall continue and extend to the entire country,” the bench said.

Modi government's decision to revoke notification banning cattle trade comes at a time when the opposition parties slammed it calling a "roll back" government.

The tag of being a "roll back" government was coined following the its decision to revise orders several times, first after demonetisation and recently after GST - Goods & Services Tax, was imposed.

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