Relaunching oxcart races to boost rural economy: Maharshtra Minister Sunil Kedar | Nagpur News

NAGPUR: Maharashtra’s Livestock Minister Sunil Kedar on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the ban on oxcart racing, saying it would significantly boost the rural economy.
The Supreme Court’s decision was celebrated by farmers distributing sweets in rural areas of the region. In Nagpur district, these races were held in Sawargaon village in Narkhed taluka. They are known as Shankarpat.
The highest court authorized the resumption of races, four years after granting a stay, on condition that the provisions of the law on the prevention of cruelty to animals are strictly observed.
“The entire farming community is thrilled with the development and celebrates the occasion. For the past four years, the event has been suspended by SC. The government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has followed him consistently over the past two years. Our team of lawyers led by Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni strongly advocated the resumption of races, ”said the Minister.
Kedar, who was leading review meetings with all political parties in this regard, said agriculture today is mainly carried out by tractors and other equipment, which has reduced the need for oxen in the fields. . “However, such popular events would encourage farmers to keep pairs of oxen with them and the economy would be stronger. We will also offer concessions for these events, as in other states. People should believe in justice, ”he said.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC) had issued an ordinance under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, banning such breeds in all states on the basis of the cruelty. Several state peasant organizations contested the ordinance before the highest court.

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