Look who all are signing up to track ban on beef in Maharashtra

Over 2,300 apply in Maharashtra, many linked to Hindutva groups.

Written by Smita Nair | Mumbai | Updated: August 23, 2016 7:33 am
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IN May, Maharashtra’s Department of Animal Husbandry issued a call for volunteers “engaged in animal welfare activities on religious grounds” to apply for “honorary” non-salaried position of welfare officers to serve as “eyes to monitor the beef ban” imposed last year. The advertisement stipulated that they have no “political affiliations”.

Since then, a deluge of 2,388 applications has come rushing in, each recommended by district deputy commissioners of animal husbandry, with officers having “vouched for the sincerity and integrity of the applicant” and taking “responsibility for their conduct”.

Of these, 2,371 applications were officially admitted, awaiting scrutiny by the High Court-appointed Committee to Monitor Animal Welfare Laws.

Once appointed, these welfare officers — required to possess “working knowledge of animal welfare laws and in particular Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act 1976, and Prevention and Cruelty Against Animals Act, 1960” — will receive official ID cards to monitor and report any act of cruelty against all animals.

READ | Over 1,900 people line up to become ‘eyes’ for Maharashtra’s Animal Husbandry dept to monitor beef ban

The Indian Express has reviewed all these applications and found:

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* Despite specific criteria disallowing political/religious links, many applications cleared include those who admitted to being members of various Hindutva outfits, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Ram Sena, Hindu Sena, Shiv Sena, Durgavahini, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Most of them have shown their occupation as “social work”.

* Over 60 per cent of applicants have identified themselves as “gau rakshaks” with affiliation to existing gaushalas and gau rakshan samitis.

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* Vidharba has the maximum number of applicants at 1,358, with 442 from Amravati district bordering Madhya Pradesh.

From Marathwada, 464 applications were received, with 200 from Nanded district alone. Solapur, near Karnataka, has seen 244 applicants — the highest from a border district after Amravati.

* In several cases, candidates have been put up by NGOs engaged in animal welfare; very few speak of animals beyond cattle.

* Of the Nanded tehsils where elections are due, Deglur, Bioli and Dharmabad — all bordering Telangana, with checkposts for monitoring cattle movement — have seen the majority of applicants (73).

* A section of applicants are “unemployed” and have shown diplomas in Animal Husbandry and Dairy Diploma as qualification criteria.

* Of the total, 41 applicants are women, including 13 housewives and at least one applicant admitting to being a member of Durgavahini. The others are engaged in “business” with one applicant planning to start her own gau shala.

* The other animal which gets mention in the application is snakes, with many identifying as “sarpa mitra”.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Aug 23, 2016 at 4:17 am
    As expected low, biased journalism from Indian express..applications were invited from all sects of the society for animal welfare...n Indian express will always give it a communal angle..stop spreading hatred Indian express..very shameful act by you...
    1. S
      Aug 23, 2016 at 10:12 am
      RSS and some other organizations mentioned above are not political parties. The process will be monitored by a High Court-appointed Committee. Secondly, all that the voluntary post does is that it gives the person authority to make the police accountable to act on a complaint. And, oh! it is to monitor animal cruelty, but for the cow shades which aaptards and khangresis are wearing that is all that they see.
      1. P
        Aug 23, 2016 at 4:12 am
        You all Muslims please don't play with sensitivity of Hindus Sikhs Jains and Buddhists. You have your own country called stan and go there and eat beef there. The best meat white meat is pig meat. Yet Muslims dont eat. Muslims cannot eat any pork or pig meat. The Qur'an does not state why pig-meat is restricted. We have abundance of pig potion in India. I see them everywhere. My request is for those Muslims who are poor to start eating pork. It is not only healthy but it will give you all the energy to be a jihadi as well as proteins and vitamins. India should start selling pork meat with its FPS and if you have Aadhar card you get double pig if you are a Muslim.
        1. A
          Aug 23, 2016 at 12:05 am
          A 26-year-old American woman today filed a lawsuit against an Indian Christian Missionary priest Bishop for reinstating a Christian compatriot priest accused of secsxually abusing her during his posting in the US between 2004 and 2005.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Attorney Jeff Anderson filed the federal lawsuit in Minnesota against Bishop Amalraj for reinstating Joseph Jeyapaul to ministry after consulting with the Vatican church who allowed him to rejoin.
          1. K
            Aug 23, 2016 at 4:17 am
            If Muslims eat pigs we will not have these problems in stan. I think Shia will eat but it is the Sunni Muslims who should eat pork as it will reduce the hotness jihadi in you. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;ISLAMABAD: Every winter, the capital of stan’s Islamic republic is overrun by what is many Muslims’ worst nightmare: herds of screeching wild pigs. (**sigh** God works in strange way) Motivated by hunger, the reviled animals descend each night from neighboring hills to feed on the garbage bins of Islamabad’s most exclusive addresses — from high-end hotels to the city’s embies and even the president’s residence. On their way to feeding grounds, pigs cause traffic accidents and send locals hurrying for cover. Some Islamabad residents have reportedly been injured or even killed by belligerent hogs. So why not eat them?
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