Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma on Sunday assured that the Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021 will not hamper other north-eastern states.
The bill prohibits inter-state transport of cattle to and from, as well as through Assam without valid documents, primarily to stop smuggling of cattle outside the country.
Speaking to media on Sunday, Assam Chief Minister said, the law is very clear whenever a respective state Government provides a permit for the transportation of cattle through Assam, the state will release the consignment
“..I think the law is very clear, whenever the Government of Meghalaya gives permit, Assam will release consignment,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said.
Addressing Media at Shillong, Biswa Sharma said, “This ban is within the geographical territory of Assam and whenever Meghalaya needs some consignment or Arunachal needs or Nagaland needs, only the state Government has to certify that these vehicles are destined to Meghalaya.”
He pointed out that the main objective of the bill is only to stop cattle smuggling.
“…Not anyway our bills will affect the consumption level or the supply level of the state of Meghalaya, Nagaland or Arunachal, they are free to bring things through Assam only thing is they have to issue a permit,” he added.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tabled the Assam Cattle Preservation Bill 2021 during the ongoing Budget Session in the Assam Assembly.