Agra, Apr 2: Amid the high drama on crackdown on illegal meat shops and slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government issued a long list list of dos and don’ts for the owners of the meat shops. The list which contains close to 17 rules, demands that the transportation of the meat should be done only in insulated freezer vans. Apart from this, all workers should have health certificates. The list also mentions that the meat shops should not be near religious places and vegetable markets and should comply with the FSDA guidelines.
However, the list of guidelines is found to be exhaustive by most of the meat shop owners due to which they have now decided to down their shutters permanently. Meanwhile, the government officials have said that these are not new rules and that the old ones, issued by the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court, have only been re-issued.
Below are some of the guidelines for the meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh:
– The list of rules directs the meat sellers to stay beyond a 50-metre radius of religious places and their shops should be located 100 meters away from the main gate of such places.
– No meat shop should be located near vegetable markets.
– The list forbids slaughter of any animal and poultry inside the shop. It also demands installation of Meat curtains or tinted glass to hide the meat from the eyes of the public.