Jaipur, Apr 5 (PTI) The Rajasthan government is committed to ban illegal slaughterhouses in the state, Local Self Government and Urban Development Minister Srichand Kriplani said today.
The statement comes days after a congregation of Hindu priests here demanded a complete ban on all slaughterhouses in the state.
“Be it illegal constructions or illegal slaughterhouses, all such activities need action. The state government is committed to taking action against them,” he told PTI.
Recently, 17 head priests of prominent temples of Rajasthan had held ‘Dharam Sansad’ at Laxminarayan Temple in Badi Chaupar here to demand a complete ban on slaughterhouses.
Swami Sampatkumar Avadheshacharya Ji Maharaj of Shri Galta Peeth reportedly demanded a ban on all slaughterhouses, claiming that even the legal abattoirs are undertaking illegal activities.
Officials of local self government department said taking action against illegal slaughterhouses is a routine work and there is nothing new about it.
“The government takes action against illegal slaughterhouses periodically. Notices are served and action is taken against those operating without license/permission,” said principal secretary of local self government department, Manjit Singh.
When asked whether the government has shut down 16 illegal slaughterhouses in the last one week, Singh refused to reveal the figures.
The Jaipur Municipal Corporation is also coming down heavily on those butchers and meat shops whose licenses are not renewed.
“There were complaints that some people were slaughtering animals inside their shops. Several meat shops do not have proper licenses, we will act on all these complaints.
“The shops that are not do not fulfill the parameters, we will close all of them,” Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoti said.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.