New Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) The government has received no proposal to declare the cow as national animal, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Also Read - New Delhi, Goa and Mumbai Top Booked Destinations by Indians During Valentine’s Week

“No such proposal or demand has been received in the Ministry of Home Affairs,” Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply. Also Read - Mughal Gardens to Open For Public From THIS Date, Entry Through Online Booking Only | Check Timing, Other Details

He was replying to a question on whether the government has received any proposal or there has been a demand in various parts of the country to declare the cow as national animal. Also Read - Costliest 'Ghagra'? Drugs Worth Rs 1.7 Crore Hidden in Lehengas That Were Being Sent to Australia

However, Rijiju said, under the distribution of legislative powers between the Union of India and States under Article 246(3) of the Constitution, the preservation of cattle is a matter on which the legislature of the state has exclusive powers to legislate.

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