Meat traders in Lucknow have threatened a stir after April 20, if their licences are not renewed by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC). But LMC officials say they would give licences to traders who fulfil norms.
Ashfaq Qureshi of Jamait-ul-Quresh (Uttar Pradesh) and Lucknow Bakra Gosht Vyapar Mandal said though most of the meat shops are being renovated to fulfil norms, authorities should understand the problems of vendors and relax the procedure to give licences.
- Shops can sell meat certified by veterinary officer
- Meat shops must have geyser.
- Such shops must be out of the 50-m radius of religious places.
- They must have curtains/tinted glass to ensure that the meat is not visible to the public.
- All people working in such shops will have to obtain health certificate from government doctors.
- Meat shops will also have to keep refrigerator with transparent doors.
“After April 20, we will stage protest in a democratic way if the licences are not renewed,” he said.
Licences of around 400 meat sellers are pending with the LMC. Of these, around 50 licences have been reissued. However, 155 are set to lose their licence as their shops are located within 50 metres of religious places. Many of these shops have to be shifted to other places for renewal of licences.
LMC sources said the municipality was trying hard to come up with a workable formula for meat traders.
Ashfaq Qureshi said, “The main problem in Lucknow is the absence of slaughterhouses. We have appealed to the authorities to look into the matter. At present, some traders are using the services of private abattoirs for their trade.”
Meanwhile, chief veterinary officer AK Rao said LMC will work according to the rules and the guidelines laid down for meat trade.
“There is no chance of relaxing norms for anything, right from slaughter, transport, processing and sale of slaughtered animals,” he added.