Meghalaya CM seek Sarkar's support on new cattle trades, slaughters rules

Meghalaya CM seek Sarkar


Meghalaya CM seek Sarkar's support on new cattle trades, slaughters rules


Shillong:  Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has sought the support of his Tripura counterpart Manik Sarkar to take up with the BJP-led NDA government on the recent notification regulating cattle trade. Dr Sangma said the notification Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, is an infringement of the rights of the states to regulate items on List-II of the State List which include cattle market. 'The Union Government should have traded carefully after due consultations with state governments before proposing changes in the regulation of livestock markets under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” the chief minister said. 'This piquant situation can lead to a clash of subjects between the Union and state governments, which are clearly delineated in the VIII Schedule to the constitution and does not behold well for healthy federal relations in the larger context of ‘cooperative federalism’ which the Prime Minister espouses so dearly,' he added. Dr Sangma also termed the move by the Central government to regulate cattle markets under the garb of an environmental regulation as 'a complete infringement of the states' domain which needed to be collectively and strongly resisted”. Urging for the promotion of “cooperative federalism” in true spirit, the Meghalaya chief minister said, “State governments must assert collectively to dissuade the Union Government from such actions which directly dilute the federal structure of our great nation. This notification will set a very wrong precedence in negating the spirit of the federal structure.”

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