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Sharma hits out at Modi over remark on beef exports

Date: 20-08-2012
Subject: Sharma hits out at Modi over remark on beef exports
New Delhi Industry minister says CM’s recent statement inflammatory, inaccurate and misleading

Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has hit out at Chief Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of giving a “political slant” by making “inflammatory” statement on beef exports.

“My attention has been drawn to your public statement regarding the meat export policy alleging that the central government is promoting slaughter of cows and export of beef, which is inaccurate, inflammatory and misleading,” Sharma said in a letter to Modi.

“It is unfortunate that in spite of the factual position, you have chosen to give a political slant to government’s stand on meat export policy. Public discourse on policy matters must never be allowed to be trapped in partisan political agenda,” Sharma added.

In his Janmashtami message through his blog early this month, Modi had appealed to the people to reject “pink revolution”. He said the UPA government was “promoting slaughtering of cows”.

Sharma said, “You are well aware that slaughter of cows is prohibited in India in harmony with principles enshrined in our Constitution.” He said meat is largely a by-product of livestock, utilising spent animals at the end of their productive life. “Cattle and buffaloes, which account for over 60 per cent of meat production, are primarily reared for milk and towards the end of their productive life, are utilised for meat production. A ban on meat production or export would lead to an abnormal rise of unproductive animals, which is inconsistent with sound animal husbandry practices,” Sharma said.

Sharma contended that during the NDA regime in 2003-04, nearly 3.5 lakh tonnes of buffalo meat was exported.

The minister said if any incident has happened in Gujarat, its responsibility lies with the state government. “I hope that being the Chief Minister of a large state, you will exercise prudence and restraint while commenting on sensitive issues of public policy,” Sharma wrote

Source : expressindia.com

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