Meat sellers turn chaiwallas as strike continues against UP govt crackdown
With meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh on indefinite strike against the state government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses, meat shop owners have resorted to selling tea.lucknow Updated: Mar 30, 2017 16:33 IST
With meat sellers in Uttar Pradesh on indefinite strike against the state government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses, meat shop owners have resorted to selling tea.
“My meat shop has been forcefully closed even when I had proper license, forced to sell tea now,” said Nazakat, a resident of Muzaffarnagar.
Another meat shop owner said that the Yogi Adityanath administration had forcefully shut down their shops.
“The meat shop owners are forced to sell tea now as they don’t have any other option. They don’t have any experience to do this work,” said Dilshad, a customer.
He further said that a number of families are suffering from the ban on slaughter houses and a number of them changed their business for survival.
The indefinite strike entered its fourth day on Thursday, the impact of which was felt in the national capital as supply was halved and prices soared.
However, the overall impact of the state-wide strike was not felt much in view of the Hindu festival of ‘Navaratra’, during which people follow a strict vegetarian diet.
For meat sellers though, the strike coupled with the festival has affected their livelihoods.
According to reports, slaughter house owners and meat retailers are protesting against raids conducted by the municipal authorities and the police. They complain that the crackdown has been occurring on businesses that also have valid licenses.