Gurgaon: Confusion prevails among meat shop owners over proposed govt action
The meat sellers in Gurgaon said they want to comply with the rules but need more clarity on the samegurgaon Updated: May 15, 2017 23:54 IST
Confusion prevailed among meat shop owners in Gurgaon over the proposed action against illegal slaughter shops as announced by the state government on May 5. Business was effected at the meat shops both at the meat market adjacent to the Jama Masjid and the other one in Jacompura in Sadar Bazar.
The Haryana government had announced on May 5 that strict action would be taken against all slaughterhouses and meat shops flouting rules. Notices would be issued to owners of shops selling meat after slaughtering animals in violation of the rules, said urban local bodies minister, Kavita Jain. These shops are spread across municipal and rural areas, she said.
The meat sellers said that they were not aware of the next course of action as the government authorities had neither issued specific notices nor told them about any move to issue licenses.
“We are small operators and if we suffer losses for even a day, our earnings for the entire month takes a hit. Today most of the shopkeepers remained closed for most part of the day,” said Mohd Tahir, president, Meat Market committee, Jama Masjid.
Tahir also said that they have approached the MCG and other officials but there has been no clarity on the issue of licenses.
“We want to operate legally and will follow all the rules and regulations, but these need to be clarified so that people can get licences with ease,” Tahir said.
Shopkeepers from the neighbouring meat market in Jacompura also remained apprehensive of the action announced by the authorities.
Meanwhile, MCG’s health officer Ashish Singla took stock of the meat markets and other shops across the city. Singla said all the shops will have to operate as per norms prescribed by the government. He also said that applications would be processed within next 10 days and licences will be issued thereafter.