R Guru Prasad
Though Karnataka prevention of cow Slaughter Bill is in the final stages of getting nod from the President of India, Karnataka Government is all set to constitute Gou Sewa Aayog to protect and promote cattle wealth.
Last year Governor’s office had sent the Bill for the President’s signature and recently the President’s office has sent back the Bill to the Karnataka Government asking for small changes in the draft. Disclosing this fact Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda who was the chief guest at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Jayanthi Mahotsav, announced that his Government is not only firm on bringing the legislature to stop killing of cows but also to set up Gou Sewa Aayog to take care of aged and abandoned cattle. Jain Yuva Sangathan had organised the Bhagwan Mahaveer 2611th Janm Kalyanak Mahotsav at the Freedom Park Annexe in Bangalore on April 4 and the Jain community congratulated the Karnataka Government for showing interest in banning slaughtering of cows.
His Holiness Aacharya Chandrayashsuriji blessed the Chief Minister for taking such a stand and warned him that lobby against the proposed Prevention of Cow Slaughter Bill is so strong that they can do anything to stop or delay the process. He mentioned that four high-tech cow slaughter houses are getting ready in Belgaum (north Karnataka) and urged the Government to put an end to this menace. “On behalf of my community, I am requesting you Sadananda Gowda to order concerned officers to stop this new butcher houses which are getting ready in Belgaum and save our country and culture”, Aacharya said. Aacharya further said that Jain community can extend any support to the Government including funds in order to close these slaughter houses.
Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda in his speech mentioned that he is personally monitoring this issue and take special interest in returning the file after making the small changes in the draft sought by the President’s office. “We will make the small correction and arrange to send the file back immediately. I am hopeful that our proposed Bill will get the President’s signature soon and we will be proud of ourselves for putting an end to the killing of cows” Gowda said amidst a huge round of applause from the large audience. Sadananda Gowda said that setting up of Gou Sewa Aayog is the significant achievement of the BJP Government as the Aayog will take cow slaughter mafia head on by providing shelter to abandoned, aged and unproductive cattle till their natural dying. Gowda had mentioned in his budget that under the Karnataka Gou Samrakshane Yojana, assistance will be given to Non-Government Organisations. The main objectives of this scheme is conservation and protection of the local cow breed. NGO’s with 10 acres of land and rearing at least 50 cows will be given financial assistance.
National Co-Convener of BJP Cow Development Cell SK Mittal spoke to Organiser and expressed his happiness over the state of affairs regarding protecting cow progeny. He said the President’s office has sent back the bill for removing the word ‘Buffalo’ from the list of cow progeny and we will go ahead with the corrections and bring the law into force without wasting any time. He has made an in-depth study on cows and he has written a letter to CM with an important data of usefulness of cows to the society.