June 13, 2012 admin


CHANDIGARH JUNE 13:            Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal announced to set up a Cows’ Memorial at the site of the factory in Joga of Mansa district, where carcasses of several cattle were recovered recently.
            An announcement to this effect was made after a delegation of the representatives of various Hindu organizations called on the Chief Minister last evening.  The delegation was led by Punjab Gau Sewa Board Chairman Mr. Kimti Bhagat.
            It may be recalled that Punjab is the first state in the country to have enacted a law for cow protection making an offence punishable with imprisonment for ten 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.   
            Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s office said that the Chief Minister had assured the delegation that the state government would acquire the factory premises in Joga for setting up the cow memorial.  This would also send a strong signal to all those involved in such illegal trade.
Mr. 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, Mr. Badal assured them that the state government 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 Gaushalas and VAT on articles/material purchased for Gaushalas. Mr. Badal also promised to the delegation that he would soon  take up the issue with Centre for getting small power plants in Gaushalas sanctioned on which huge subsidy worth crore was given by GoI, as already done in the case of Haryana, to meet their demand for power.
            Mr. Badal also directed the Local Government department to ask all the Municipal Corporations to sign a MoU with the local Gaushalas for the protection and proper up keep of the cows on the pattern of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.
            Meanwhile, 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 that no one would be allowed to disrupt the congenial atmosphere of peace and harmony in the state at any cost.
            Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included DGP Mr. Sumedh Singh Saini, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. S.K. Sandhu, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar.
The delegation comprised Chairman Punjab Gau Sewa Board Mr.  Kimti Bhagat, Vice Chairman Mr. Devi Dayal Prasher, President Shiv Sena Hindustan Mr. Pawan Gupta, Chairman Gau Dhaam Mr. Sunder Dass Dhamija, President Hindu Welfare Development Board Mahant Ravi Kant and Mr. Vijay Bhardwaj of RSS Punjab besides Mr. Krishan Sharma and Dr. Bindu Sar Shukla both members of the Gau Sewa Board.


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