The Indian Ministry of Food Processing has banned the import and export of all types of meat from cattle in accordance to a directive issued by the ministry. The directive indicates that all cattle, whether used for domestic consumption or for export, should be registered and certified by the ministry before being exported to their respective countries. The entire country has been affected by this latest ban with the commercial markets across India paralyzed while the central and states governments acting swiftly on the ground to implement the ban to stem the crisis on beef. In this article we will look at the beef ban in India legal perspective and find out how the situation there is likely to evolve.
The crux of the situation lies in the fact that the cattle in India have always been used for the purpose of bovine growth and not for domestic consumption. The rapid expansion of the dairy industry in India and the resultant increase in demand for beef led to the rising of the number of cattle farms in India. Some of these farms were established to supply the domestic market with beef and buffaloes. There were also some private traders who indulged in beef exports from India to the domestic market. These were actually the illegal beef farmers who were indulged in the illegal beef farming.
As a result of this sudden rush to domestic processing of beef and buffaloes the government stepped in by banning all forms of beef imports and exports. This caused a major hit on the economy in India and the flow of capital as various businessmen lost their sources of income. They found it difficult to cope up with the situation and closed down their businesses, leaving thousands jobless. The demand for beef quickly replaced the demand for milk leading to a situation of complete paralysis of the agricultural growth in India.
The Government reaction to the crisis was swift and ended its stance only on the importation of cattle as food for the domestic consumption. This meant that although the domestic population continued to need meat products they were not allowed to acquire them. Though this would appear to be a tough blow for those looking to buy beef and buffaloes for their family they were actually welcomed by the domestic sector. The main reason for this is that the rising in the export of beef to China, a burgeoning of the middle class in India, and the resultant rising of the disposable income all helped to increase the purchasing power of Indian citizens. And as things stand now the disposable income is still increasing at an alarming rate.
The Government had realized that the only way to maintain the fiscal balance was to allow a little bit of beef and bovine growth in the country. Though it caused a financial blow to the Indian Farmers the impact has been limited. The trade deficit has been brought down considerably and this has helped the country to finance various social welfare programs. In order to facilitate the import of bovine growth the Government has granted exemption from the previously mentioned taxes on meat. There are some states in India that have made the introduction of this tax unlawful but in practice this has not been possible.
So in India at the moment the bovine growth industry looks set to continue its rise. The Government has not introduced any kind of restriction on the imports of meat and so this trend will continue. Those who are in need of beef or other such meats in large quantities can purchase legally from any one of the several sources available. The quality and supply of such meat is guaranteed at all times.