The state urban development minister Madan Kaushik on Sunday announced that open sale of meat will be banned in Dehradun city even if shops have a licence. He announced the decision after a meeting with local traders union in Dehradun.
Speaking to officials from local bodies and state urban development department present in the meeting, Kaushik said that shops with a licence cannot keep meat in the open and have to do their business behind closed doors as per norms.
He directed officials of Dehradun Municipal Corporation and other departments to hold public awareness campaigns and inform shopkeepers not to sell meat in the open.
Kaushik ordered that meat traders with open shops who want to continue with the same arrangement will be provided land at a separate location that will be surveyed and identified by the officials of Dehradun Municipal Corporation and district food safety department.
The minister has given strict instructions to the official to deal sternly with illegal meat shops owners and initiate legal action against them.
He has also asked the officials to expedite pending licence applications of meat traders.
Apart from officials, Dehradun mayor and BJP MLA Vinod Chamoli, senior Congress leader and former corporator Ashok Verma, BJP leader and Dehradun Traders Association chief Umesh Aggarwal and Anil Goyel were present in the meeting.
Earlier, the BJP-led state government had ordered that meat shops along River Ganga be shut down. It had also raided illegal slaughterhouses operating across the state.