Dehradun, January 3: The Uttarakhand Law Commission has recommended changes in the state’s Protection of Cow Progeny Act to declare the animal “mother of the nation”. "The cow should be declared Rashtra Mata in the interest of the nation and justice," the state’s Law Commission said in its fifth report to the state government.
Changes in the 2007 act are also necessary for setting up veterinary centres and shelters for stray cows, and penalising cattle owners in case of cruelty to the animals, the report said. It also suggested setting up call centres and toll-free phone numbers help people report cruelty against stray cows.
The Uttarakhand Assembly had also passed a unanimous resolution in September last year, seeking the `Rashtra Mata' status for the cow. Among other suggestions, the commission recommended revival of the provision for anticipatory bail which was suspended during the Emergency, its chairman Justice Rajesh Tandon said Wednesday.
The recommendations, awaiting the state cabinet's approval, have already been presented before Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and the state Law Minister Prakash Pant, he said.