Herald: Lackluster attitude of committee did not help
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Lackluster attitude of committee did not help

11 Feb 2018 06:38am IST
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11 Feb 2018 06:38am IST


SHWETA KAMAT

The Goa State Legislative Assembly’s House committee, constituted in August 2015, to explore possibilities of allowing traditional bullfights without causing cruelty to the animals, failed to submit its report due to a lackluster approach of its members. With the new State government taking over, the House Committee automatically stood dissolved, without any findings.  In view of the demand to revive bullfights as traditional sports, a five-member House Committee under chairmanship of then BJP MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh was set up to revisit the ban imposed on bullfights. Both ruling and opposition MLAs that time had suggested that bullfights be permitted with sufficient care such that there is no cruelty to the bulls.  However, the committee held only one meeting from August 2015 to December 2016, wherein they invited suggestions/ comments and objections from the stakeholders. As many as 4000 suggestions were received from Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other parts of the country. 

However, in January 2016, the committee witnessed a change in the chairmanship after Wagh was appointed the Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly. Then Velim MLA Benjamin Silva was chosen to head the panel, which never met thereafter. 

The committee was supposed to hold public meetings in major villages where bullfighting is popular. The Committee was set to submit its report in March 2016; however the same never took shape.  Silva remained unavailable for the comments even after repeated attempts. “It was very complicated issue and government did not wanted to take a chance ahead of elections, which were due in February-March 2017,” a former MLA and committee member, on request of anonymity told HERALD.  “The move would have gone against government as the animal lovers would have united,” he said.  This was the sole attempt from the Government which never took shape. 
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