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PM makes proposal to Govt MPs:

Cattle slaughter to be banned

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa proposed to implement new laws to prevent cattle slaughter in the country, Parliament sources said.

Premier Rajapaksa had made the proposal at the Government Parliamentary Group meeting held at the parliamentary complex yesterday. Parliament sources said many MPs had given their approval to the Prime Minister’s proposal.

The Parliamentary Group meeting was held at the Committee Room 1 of the Parliament complex with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa presiding. The PM had noted at the meeting that cattle slaughter should be stopped as many opposed the practice.

The Prime Minister has also stated that the government should take maximum action to prevent clearing of forest by various persons for various reasons. “There are many instances where forests are being cleared for cultivation expansion. This should be stopped and a clear demarcation between the cultivated lands and forest reserves should be made. None would be permitted under any circumstances to clear jungles and reserved forests which are dwindling at an alarming rate,” the Prime Minister said.

He had also stated that the need is not to bring about new laws but to implement the existing laws so that the forest reserves of the country would be safeguarded.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister had also requested the MPs to focus their attention on the shortage of fertiliser which is being experienced by farmers throughout the country.

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