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No problem selling diseased buffaloes to public: Lanong
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 9:
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Published on 10 Jun. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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Meghalaya Animal and Husbandry Bindo M Lanong Wednesday said there was no problem of selling incurable diseased buffaloes from government farms if people were willing to buy.
“Perhaps the people willing to buy old buffaloes with incurable diseases have a way to cure them herbal medicines… what can we (government) do about it,” Lanong told legislators during question hour in the state assembly.
Lanong a deputy chief minister in the Congress-led Meghalaya often lands into controversy for his off the cusp remarks. The former assembly Speaker had earlier called a group of women ‘venomous vipers’ evoking protest from various women groups.
Stunned with Lanong’s reply, the opposition NCP legislators stood their feet and asked if there was any law that prohibited people to sell diseased livestock that could pose serious health problems. Timothy D Shira of the NCP said whether it wasn’t the government’s responsibility to safeguard the public’s health and if such trait of selling diseased buffaloes to the public posed serious health problems.
However, defiant Lanong reiterated, “once an animal is sold from the government-run farms it becomes the responsibility of the buyer and not the government to ensure if the animal is consumed or used for any other purposes.”
Lanong’s made the controversial statement on buffaloes after Nihim D Shira of the NCP inquired about the number of buffaloes at the government-run Songsak Bonegre farm and criteria for selling buffaloes.
The maverick deputy chief minister informed the assembly that old, incurable diseases and serious buffaloes were being sold to the public. He added excess male calves stock and not suitable for breeding is another criteria for selling of buffaloes.
Shira said that the farm was unproductive due large scale smuggling of buffaloes from the farm to Mankachar. “Officials at the farm are indulging in illegal means to smuggle healthy buffaloes to Mankachar. An inquiry must be instituted by the government,” he demanded.

 
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