CHENNAI: The traditional bull taming sport “Jallikattu” will now finally return to Tamil Nadu after a three-year ban on Sunday, with Governor Vidyasagar Rao promulgating an ordinance to enable the sport to be held, tweaking the existing Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, applicable to the state of Tamil Nadu.
As promised by the Tamil Nadu chief minister Panneerselvam, he was successful in bringing back the traditional sport to Tamil Nadu via the ordinance route. Interestingly, all the procedural work relating to the promulgation of the ordinance, right from drafting and it’s coming into effect took place in a record time of 24 hours! And it is no secret that the urgency in bringing out the ordinance was to legally make ‘Jallikattu’ a sport of Tamil Nadu, bypassing the restrictions laid under the PCA act.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Panneerselvam will launch the traditional sport at Alanganallur in Madurai on Sunday, one of the famous places for playing Jallikattu. Following the CM, his other cabinet ministers will launch the sport in different parts of Tamil Nadu.
Announcing the promulgation of the ordinance by the Tamil Nadu government, CM Panneerselvam said, “The state government has received the President’s assent to amend the applicability of the PCA act to Tamil Nadu. In line with the President’s recommendations, the governor of Tamil Nadu has promulgated an ordinance giving his assent to amend the State PCA act. With this, people of Tamil Nadu can now play Jallikattu as a legal sport”.
“Our dream to conduct the traditional sport has finally come true this year and I thank the President, Prime Minister and the Governor and everyone for helping this ordinance to come into effect. The sport will be held officially on Sunday and I request every youth to participate in the event and make it a grand success”, he added.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister further added that a draft bill to replace the ordinance and amend the existing PCA act will be introduced in the assembly on January 23, when the state assembly sessions begin.
However, protesters were not convinced with ordinance move. A majority of the protesting groups demanded that the Central government must give an assurance to amend the Central PCA law so as to make the Supreme court impossible to struck down the state government’s amendment to PCA act in future, the Huffington post reports.