The Assam Assembly, on Friday, passed the Cattle Protection Bill, 2021. 

The Cattle Protection Bill, 2021, which now has become a law, is aimed at regulating slaughter, consumption and transportation of cattle in Assam. 

The bill was tabled in the Assembly on Monday by Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and on Friday it was passed, thus making it a law. 

The Bill “envisages imposition of complete ban on transport of cattle outside the state.” 

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According to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Act aims to ban interstate transport of cows through Assam in order to control their smuggling to neighbouring Bangladesh.  

CM Sarma said that the Act will ensure ban on slaughter, sale and consumption of beef in areas falling within five-kilometre radius of temples. 

The new legislation will check transport of bovines within the state or outside, if valid documents are not made available to the authorities. 

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