Will allow only licensed slaughterhouses: UP CM Adityanath to meat traders
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath met meat traders today. Photograph: (DNA)
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh met meat traders today at his residence to assure them that action would be taken against illegal slaughterhouses and said he will look into the supply shortage of meat following a statewide clampdown on illegal slaughterhouses, reports said.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister told the meat traders only licensed shops would be allowed to open in the state and his government would take action against those who were found to be misusing power.
Soon after coming to office, one of the first things the BJP chief minister, who belongs to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, has done is to order sealing of illegal abattoirs in the state.
Although it has been seemingly done to check illegal butcher shops and theft of live stocks, most traders are bracing for a loss of livelihood.
Lucknow: Meat traders arrive at UP CM's residence to meet him; minister Siddharth Nath Singh also present. pic.twitter.com/Fr8WvfaGvZ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 30, 2017
The stricken traders earlier this week decided to go on a strike to highlight their economic problems to the government.
Adityanath was appointed the chief minister of India's most populous state by Bharatiya Janata Party, days after it had won nearly 80 per cent of the legislative seats in the Uttar Pradesh elections.
There are thousands of slaughterhouses in the state, but only 41 are legal.
The economic aftershocks of the ban will affect the state as it is one of India's largest meat-producing states.
The state's slaughter houses produce 137 kilograms of buffalo meat every day on an average, according to the state's animal husbandry department.