Karnataka plans to ban halal meat, to move private bill

Bengaluru: After the hijab ban, Karnataka is mulling a ban on halal meat ahead of the 2023 Assembly elections to give a strong push to its Hindutva agenda.

The government seems to have laid the groundwork by moving a private bill through Ravi Kumar, a member of the Upper House and general secretary of the BJP.

The Government’s official position is that it has not yet made a call on whether it will support the bill. “Let’s see when it comes; the private member’s bill has its own position. We will see what it is,” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told news agencies.

Mr. Ravi Kumar says that halal certification is done by Muslim organizations that “charge huge fees for the certification” and are making huge profits.

According to him, the “identity and status” of Muslim bodies is not clear, the bill proposes to “prohibit halal certification until a recognized authority is appointed”.

Mr. Kumar had earlier written to Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot on the issue.

Following the issue, he has now written to the Speaker of Parliament, seeking permission to introduce a Bill to amend the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 to prohibit any private person or organization from issuing food certification.

The letter states that the proposed change will not put a financial burden on the government and, on the contrary, will bring an additional revenue of Rs 5,000 crore to the State exchequer.

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