Attend meet on protecting indigenous cows: NGT asks 11 states

"Counsel appearing for the Ministry of Agriculture submits that other states except the above 11 were present in the meeting and some of them have also submitted action taken plan before the Ministry.

PTI
New Delhi, Publish Date: Dec 12 2017 12:53AM | Updated Date: Dec 12 2017 12:53AM
Attend meet on protecting indigenous cows: NGT asks 11 statesF

The National Green Tribunal has directed 11 states to participate in a meeting to frame a national policy to prevent the "rapid decline" in population of indigenous breeds of cattle across the country.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura governments to be present in the meeting.

"Counsel appearing for the Ministry of Agriculture submits that other states except the above 11 were present in the meeting and some of them have also submitted action taken plan before the Ministry.

"By way of last opportunity, we direct all the above states as well as other states to be present before the Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Agriculture. The meeting shall be held on December 12," the bench said.

The NGT directed that a representative of the Ministry of Environment and Forests should also be present at the meeting.

It said the report should be submitted in the tribunal before December 14 and posted the matter for hearing on December 15.

The order came after advocate Sumeer Sodhi told the bench that 11 states have not submitted their action plan to the ministry for protection of the cows and not attended the earlier meeting.

The green panel had earlier directed the Environment Ministry and the Department of Animal Husbandry, which falls under Agriculture Ministry, to hold a meeting with all states and UTs and come out with a common policy on the issue.  

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