Shillong: On Tuesday, the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya expressed their fears over the ban of cattle transport into the state due to the Assam Cattle Act. It is to be mentioned that beef is considered a staple diet in Meghalaya and is also a cheap source of protein for its people.
In the meeting, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya ensured the legislators that cattle will be smoothly transported into the state. He mentioned his meeting with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma regarding border disputes and the Assam Cattle Act and said that the Assam government has assured that all documents required by the traders would be from Meghalaya.
CM Conrad Sangma revealed that during his meeting with Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarwa, the matter of cattle transport was brought up and there was "in principle agreement that all papers will be done from the Meghalaya side, but there is a bit of nonclarity", which was being looked into.
The Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma added that he has requested the Assam government to make sure that cattle is transported without any hassle into the state. In addition, he said that the department of animal husbandry and veterinary that an administrative system is being developed so that the import of cattle from outside the state is done in a legitimate manner and that no case of smuggling is involved in the process.