Punjab CM announces cow memorial
Announcement was made after members of various Hindu organisations called on the CM
PUNJAB CHIEF Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced a cow memorial at the site of the factory in Joga of Mansa district, where cattle carcass was recovered recently.
On 10 June, people gathered soon after getting tip off about cows being slaughtered and set the factory and some government vehicles afire forcing the district administration clamping curfew in Joga village and its surrounding areas.
The announcement was made after representatives of various Hindu organisations called on the chief minister on Tuesday evening.
The delegation was led by Punjab Gau Sewa Board Chairperson Kimti Bhagat, said officials.
They claimed that Punjab is the first state in the country to have enacted a law for cow protection making an offence punishable with imprisonment for 10 years.
Under this, even a person connected in any way with the sale of a cow purportedly for slaughter would also be liable for penal action and imprisonment as per the act.
The chief minister had assured the delegation that the state would acquire the factory premises in Joga for setting up the memorial.
This would also send a strong signal to all those involved in such illegal trade.
Badal also asked the director general of police to thoroughly probe all cases pertaining to cow slaughter pending at different levels to ensure the ‘strictest punishment’ as per the law of the land to the culprits responsible for this heinous crime.
There are cases of this nature against 270 persons in the state.
Responding to other demands put fourth by the delegation, Badal assured them that the state would sympathetically look into their issues such as creation of a legal cell to take up cases of cow slaughter, exemption of stamp fee on the purchase of land for cow shed and vat on articles/material purchased for the shed.
A delegation, led by Punjab Gau Sewa Board chairperson, claims the state is first to have a law for cow protection
He also promised to the delegation that he would soon take up the issue with Centre for getting small power plants in the sanctioned sheds on which huge subsidy worth crores was given by the government, as already done in the case of Haryana, to meet their power demands.
Badal also directed his government to ask all the municipal corporations to sign an MoU with the local sheds for protection of cows.
The chief minister also appealed to the people to exercise restraint in such circumstances thereby maintaining unity, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state.
He categorically said no one would be allowed to disrupt the congenial atmosphere of peace in the state.