Gujarat Assembly today passed the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 unopposed in absence of opposition members which has more stringent provision against the Cow slaughtering and cow transportation for slaughtering. According to the provisions of this bill, the Cow transportation will be possible only with permit issued by Government authority.
Transportation during night hours will not allowed even with permit. Only 7 officials are notified for issuance of permit contrary to 25 earlier. Minimum 10- year imprisonment to life term jail punishment for those proven guilty of slaughtering cow.
In addition to this, minimum Rs. 1 lakh to maximum Rs. 5 lakh fine is liable. Slaughtering of cow will now be a non-bailable offense. Illegal Transportation of bovine or storage, selling, possession or transportation of cow beef or its products will attract 7 to 10 years imprisonment with Rs. 1 to 10 lakh fine. Vehicle used for illegal cow transportation will be seized permanently by the Government.
Earlier the government could keep such vehicles only for six months. As per information received, number of saints gathered at the assembly felicitated Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja and others for passing of this bill.