The Yogi Adityanath government’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses has found an unusual supporter in the All India Meat Association, which has hailed the Uttar Pradesh chief minister for following his “raj dharma”.
“Meat traders were subjected to injustice by the BSP and SP governments. The new chief minister is following his raj dharma, and it is wrong to comment on the one who is pursuing his raj dharma (the duty of the rulers). He is trying to bring the system back on track and needs to be thanked,” Haji Shakeel Qureshi, a representative of the All India Meat Association and the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters’ Association said on Thursday.
Upon returning to Bareilly after a meeting with UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh in Lucknow, he said action is being taken only against illegal slaughterhouses and there is no report of action against any legal abattoir.
Rooting for making the process of legalising the illegal slaughterhouses easy, Qureshi said old abattoirs should be modernised quickly.
He also lamented that the files seeking renewal of licences of meat sellers were pending with district administrations for months.
Siddharth Nath Singh told the media that the meat traders said it was their duty to assure that nothing illegal flourished in the state.
“All delegates (meat traders) supported the CM and said that as citizens of India, it was their duty to see that nothing illegal is allowed,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, appealing to protesters to return to work, meat exporter Sirajuddin Qureshi said their meeting with Adityanath was very successful.
“Our meeting with the CM was very successful. He assured us that licensed slaughterhouses will not be troubled,” Qureshi said.
“I appeal to the protesters to return to work and start working with a proper licence. The UP government will help you procure one,” he added.
Siddharth Nath Singh had earlier asserted that the government will only act against illegal slaughterhouses.
After coming to power, the Adityanath government ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and strict enforcement of a ban on cow smuggling to fulfill a key electoral promise. Adityanath assured that abattoirs operating legally will not be touched.