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Frame national policy to stop rapid decline in population of cow breeds: NGT

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Thursday directed the Centre to frame a national policy to prevent the ‘rapid decline’ in population of indigenous breeds of cattle across the country.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Environment Ministry and Department of Animal Husbandry to hold a meeting with all the states and come out with a common policy on the issue.
“The records submitted by various states clearly indicate that there has been a rapid decline in indigenous breeds of cattle. Tell us what steps have you taken to prevent this decline in the population of species which may even lead to their extinction…. “This is a serious issue and it requires a national policy,” the bench said. The tribunal asked the Ministry of Environment and Forests to discuss the issue with all stakeholders concerned during the vacations and inform it about the decision.
The matter is now listed for hearing on May 22. (PTI)

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