Kambala Ordinance is given assent by the President
The public and the kambala organisers in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts carried on with protests. In response to their protests the Karnataka assembly on February 13 passed the bill to exempt kambala and bullock cart racing from the areas of the Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Then it was passed to the president for his consent. But it was sent back suggesting modifications. As the Karnataka Legislative Assembly was not in the session the state government modified the bill and issued the ordinance. Then it was forwarded to the president again.
Finally the president gave his assent on Monday to the promulgation of Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Ordinance, 2017 thereby supporting the conduction of kambala and bullock cart racings in Karnataka.
“In pursuance of the proviso to clause (1) of article 213 of the Constitution of India, the President of India hereby approves the promulgation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 by the Governor of Karnataka,” an order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs said.