Meat shops were closed following traders strike against the government’s crackdown on slaughter house in Ghaziabad on Monday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Meat shops were closed following traders strike against the government’s crackdown on slaughter house in Ghaziabad on Monday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Illegal slaughterhouse crackdown: UP strike hits Delhi hard, meat supply down

Meat traders’ strike in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh has halved Delhi’s supply and sent the prices soaring, with mutton selling for Rs 500 a kilo in some areas on Monday.
By Parvez Sultan and Abhinav Rajput | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2017 06:58 PM IST

Meat traders’ strike in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh has halved Delhi’s supply and sent the prices soaring, with mutton selling for Rs 500 a kilo in some areas on Monday.

Traders at Ghazipur, Delhi’s only slaughter house and biggest wholesale meat market, said they were not getting cattle from Uttar Pradesh, the biggest suppliers of animals, which had led to buffalo and goat meat costing at least 25% more.

“Around 6,000 goats and 900 buffaloes were sold every day but in the last three days, not more than 2,500 goats and 400 buffaloes have been sold,” a trader said at Ghazipur, which borders Uttar Pradesh. He didn’t wish to be named, fearing a backlash from vigilante groups.

Delhi doesn’t have livestock farms and relies on neighbouring Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The bulk of buffalo supply to Ghazipur is from UP, which is country’s biggest meat producer.

Traders in Uttar Pradesh started an indefinite strike on Monday to protest against the closure of illegal butcher shops and slaughterhouses.

The crackdown was one of the first decisions taken by Yogi Adityanath, a Hindu hardliner who took over as the UP chief minister on March 19 after the BJP swept the state election.

Though cow slaughter is banned in UP, like most Indian states, there is no such restriction on buffaloes.

Cow protections and closure of illegal and mechanised abattoirs was one of the poll promises of the BJP.

“The supply has decreased by 50% and has certainly led to rise in prices of beef and mutton,” said Sirajuddin Qureshi, who is the president of All India Jamiatul Quresh, a meat traders’ body.

The Aligarh-based Frigerio Conserva Allana Limited is one of the country’s biggest slaughterhouse-cum-meat processing units, contributing to a huge industry that provides livelihood to an estimated 25 lakh people directly or indirectly. (Gulam Jeelani/HT Photo)
The Aligarh-based Frigerio Conserva Allana Limited is one of the country’s biggest slaughterhouse-cum-meat processing units, contributing to a huge industry that provides livelihood to an estimated 25 lakh people directly or indirectly. (Gulam Jeelani/HT Photo)

The shortage may not have an immediate impact as Navratras begin Tuesday. The demand for meat drops during the nine-day period considered auspicious by Hindus, many of whom stick to a vegetarian diet.

Prices of pulses and vegetables could rise if the situation in UP was not resolved by the end of Navratras, said Qureshi, who is also the country’s leading meat exporters.

According to an estimate, Delhi consumes around 40,000kg of buffalo meat and 80,000kg of mutton a day.

“Following the reports of closure of abattoirs, traders are not ready to send stock. They are scared of attacks on vehicles ferrying animals,” Asim Faraz, a commission agent in Ghazipur, said.

As the stock was limited, prices were up Rs 40-60 per kilo, a meat shop owner in Sadar Bazaar said.

The wholesale price of a kilo of buffalo meat used to be around Rs 120. It climbed to Rs 175, Mohammad Suffian said. The shop price, too, had gone up -- from Rs 170 to Rs 200. In some areas, it even touched Rs 250, he said.

According to mutton traders, the wholesale price was up from Rs 380 to Rs 400. At some places mutton was sold for Rs 500 a kilo on Monday.

“We do not have any problem with illegal slaughter houses being shut down but what we are doing is per rules but our business too is suffering,” said another Ghazipur trader on condition of anonymity.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia arrive at Vidhan Sabha to attend the Budget session, in New Delhi, Tuesday. (PTI)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia arrive at Vidhan Sabha to attend the Budget session, in New Delhi, Tuesday. (PTI)

Delhi Budget 2021: Allocation for urban infra up, govt to work on decongestion

By Risha Chitlangia
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 01:26 PM IST
For providing water and sewer pipeline connections in unauthorised colonies, Delhi’s finance minister Manish Sisodia proposed an allocation of 1,550 crore in the budget for 2021-22
Close
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (PTI)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (PTI)

Delhi govt allocates 50 crore in budget for free Covid jab in govt hospitals

PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 01:06 PM IST
The government allocated 9,934 crore for the health sector, accounting for 14% of the total budget allocation
Close
Delhi recorded 239 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, lower than the infections reported over the weekend, the health bulletin released by the government showed. (ANI )
Delhi recorded 239 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, lower than the infections reported over the weekend, the health bulletin released by the government showed. (ANI )

Free Covid-19 vaccine for all in govt facilities: Sisodia in Delhi Budget 2021

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 12:32 PM IST
As Manish Sisodia presented a 69,000 crore budget for Delhi, he allocated 9934 crore or 14% of the total budget to health.
Close
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia oversees Delhi's budget for 2021-22 on a tablet device, on Monday. He presented the national capital's first paperless budget today.(PTI Photo)
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia oversees Delhi's budget for 2021-22 on a tablet device, on Monday. He presented the national capital's first paperless budget today.(PTI Photo)

Deshbhakti curriculum, Sainik school: Sisodia's budget proposals for education

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 12:32 PM IST
Manish Sisodia further said that the apart from these, the AAP government will also take three major steps in the field of education: new syllabus from nursery to Class 8, setting up of Delhi's own school education board and starting 100 schools of excellence in the national capital.
Close
Representational image.
Representational image.

Delhi HC asks Centre to help fund treatment of minor suffering from rare disease

By Richa Banka
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 11:41 AM IST
Justice Najmi Waziri, on March 4, took note of the submission by the child’s mother who had contended that there is some hope for treatment of her child in the US, where ameliorative treatment has been administered to some patients similarly afflicted
Close
The government aims to increase Delhi's per capita income and make it equivalent to that of Singapore by 2047, Sisodia said.
The government aims to increase Delhi's per capita income and make it equivalent to that of Singapore by 2047, Sisodia said.

Delhi Budget: Sisodia proposes outlay of 69,000 crore, focuses on patriotism

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 11:41 AM IST
Manish Sisodia said the government will allocate funds for a series of events to be held across the city over 75 weeks from starting March 12 to celebrate 75 years of Independence in India.
Close
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia oversees the state budget 2021-22 on a tablet device, ahead of its announcement in the Delhi assembly, in New Delhi on March 8. (PTI)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia oversees the state budget 2021-22 on a tablet device, ahead of its announcement in the Delhi assembly, in New Delhi on March 8. (PTI)

Delhi’s per capita income dropped in 2020-21: What the economic survey says

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 10:17 AM IST
The state gross domestic product shrunk by around 5.68%, according to the economic survey tabled by the Delhi government in the assembly on Monday, which cited impact from the Covid-19 outbreak
Close
Women join the protesting farmers at Tikri border in New Delhi on March 8. (AFP)
Women join the protesting farmers at Tikri border in New Delhi on March 8. (AFP)

Farmers’ protest: Curbs in place, traffic continues to be hit

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 08:36 AM IST
For motorists coming to Delhi from UP, the Ghazipur border remains closed. Traffic police have advised commuters to take routes passing through Anand Vihar, DND, Loni DND and Apsara borders
Close
Representational image. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Representational image. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Delhi’s air quality deteriorates, may improve later today

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 08:19 AM IST
IMD scientists said that there is a forecast of strong, cool winds to blow from the eastern side of Delhi on Tuesday, which will help improve the air quality of the city and help bring down the rising mercury levels
Close
The government data also showed that the average levels of major pollutants, including that of PM10, PM2.5, and nitrogen dioxide, have been decreasing steadily over the years. (ANI Photo)
The government data also showed that the average levels of major pollutants, including that of PM10, PM2.5, and nitrogen dioxide, have been decreasing steadily over the years. (ANI Photo)

Lockdown improved city’s air, experts say time to think local

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 04:21 AM IST
  • Experts, however, attributed the reduction to the “unprecedented conditions” brought about by the Covid-19 lockdown and called for reforms to curb pollution by local and regional factors.
Close
“All economies have been dented by Covid-19 and so has the economy of Delhi." said Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal during the Budget Session (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)(PTI)
“All economies have been dented by Covid-19 and so has the economy of Delhi." said Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal during the Budget Session (PTI Photo/ Arun Sharma)(PTI)

L-G outlines govt plans, opens Budget session

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 04:07 AM IST
  • The L-G also noted that the economy of the Capital shrunk by 5.6% due to the pandemic.
Close
Metro services in Delhi were suspended from March 22, 2020, to September 6, due to the nationwide lockdown.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Metro services in Delhi were suspended from March 22, 2020, to September 6, due to the nationwide lockdown.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19 hits Metro ridership, total vehicles in city at 11.8mn

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 04:01 AM IST
  • Transport experts say the Metro ridership may have also suffered on account of the free bus rides for women scheme
Close
Education has remained the focus of the AAP ever since they were elected to power in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
Education has remained the focus of the AAP ever since they were elected to power in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Govt stays invested in students, on track to achieving targets

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 03:56 AM IST
  • According to the outcome budget, education was among the sectors where the government was able to achieve maximum targets.
Close
L-G Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrive for the Budget session at the Delhi assembly on Monday. Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO
L-G Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrive for the Budget session at the Delhi assembly on Monday. Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO

Ashram underpass gets revised June deadline

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 03:51 AM IST
  • In the outcome budget, which was also presented on Monday, the government said that 40% of the work on the underpass was completed until December last year.
Close
36% of 87.8 lakh Covid-19 tests were done using the more accurate RT-PCR method.( Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
36% of 87.8 lakh Covid-19 tests were done using the more accurate RT-PCR method.( Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Delhi among states that tested the most for Covid

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 03:39 AM IST
  • There were 87.8 lakh Covid-19 tests conducted in the city till December 31, 2020.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP