Union Government cleared Tamil Nadu’s proposal to amend Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act
Jallikattu is a bull-taming festival in Tamilnadu. It was banned by the Supreme Court in May 2014. Since then there have been numerous controversies around it.
Union Government on 20 January 2017 gave its approval for a Tamil Nadu’s draft proposal, which seeks to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The proposal is primarily aimed at removing legal hurdles to jallikattu, a bull taming sport practiced in Tamil Nadu.
The draft proposal was accepted by the Union Government in the wake of ongoing protests in various parts of Tamil Nadu over ban on jallikattu.
The proposal seeks to de-notify bulls from the prohibited category mentioned in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Legal process involved
• Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam discussed about the draft proposal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 December 2017.
• Since the subject falls in the concurrent list of the Constitution, it has become mandatory for Tamil Nadu to get the Centre’s nod before proceeding with amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
• The proposal was forwarded by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Union Ministry of Law and Justice for approval.
• After receiving the necessary clearances from both the ministries, the MHA headed by Rajnath Singh gave formal approval to Tamil Nadu’s proposal.
• Now, the draft proposal will be notified by Tamil Nadu government in the form of an ordinance.
• For this, the ordinance must be approved by the Tamil Nadu cabinet and promulgated by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.
• The ordinance doesn’t require the President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent as the prior approval of the Union Government has been taken by Tamil Nadu Government.
• This legal process is expected to be completed by 22 January 2017.
• At present, Ch Vidyasagar Rao is the governor of Maharashtra. He was sworn in as acting governor of Tamil Nadu in September 2016 after the end of tenure of K Rosaiah on 31 August 2016.