Parsekar said: "Beef is an integral part of the cuisin of the minority community in the state which constitues nearly 40 per cent of the total population."
"Beef has always been available here. So there is no question of a ban on it," he added.
This comes after both Maharashtra and Haryana banned the sale and possession of beef.
The ban in both the states caused a huge uproar amongst non vegetarians and even the minority communites, where beef is a part of the staple diet.
Traders feel that the ban on the sale of beef would affect their livelihood and also give rise to illegal means of beef sale.
Maharashtra banned sale and consumption of beef and imposed a five-year jail term for cow slaughter whereas in Haryana punishment could extend to 7 years in jail or a fine upto Rs 1 lakh.