The Tamil Nadu government is making “all-out efforts” to resume jallikattu, the bull taming sport banned by the Supreme Court, animal husbandry minister P Balakrishna Reddy said in the state assembly on Friday.
During the debate on the demands for Animal Husbandry Department, AIADMK legislator M. Thamimun Ansari (Nagapattinam), who cited reports in a section of the media, raised doubts over the diseases in humans on consumption of broiler meat.
Reddy intervened to say that the claims were not true as they were “not scientifically proven”. When the Minister said the government was also implementing schemes to promote native breed rearing, Ansari requested the Minister in a lighter vein to throw a feast with native chicken.
Reddy on Friday told the State Assembly that the schemes to distribute milch cows and goats to the needy beneficiaries was a big success as it had yielded green manure worth Rs 108.04 crore and milch cows and goats gave birth to a good number of calves.
Replying to the discussion on the demands for grants for his department, the Minister said 60,000 milch cows were distributed at an expenditure of Rs 211.19 crore in five years and these cows gave birth to 75,796 calves worth Rs 37.89 crore.
Reddy noted that chief minister J Jayalalithaa twice wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 to de-notify bulls from the list of performing animals. While this led to an environment ministry notification on January 7, 2016 which permitted the conduct of sport, the SC issued an interim stay on the notification on January 12.
The chief minister had the same day addressed the Prime Minister to promulgate an ordinance immediately to enable the conduct of jallikattu, he said.