Mamata govt rolls out ‘Meat on Wheels’ in a season of meat ban in BJP-ruled states
Vans with attached kitchen carrying meat items made of mutton, lamb, pork, koel, turkey, duck and chicken will move in Kolkata, but there won’t be any beef products.Updated: Mar 30, 2017 07:52 IST
At a time when a ban on illegal slaughter houses is taking the shape of a virtual meat ban in BJP-ruled states, the Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal has rolled out a ‘Meat on Wheels’ project that will deliver a variety of meat except beef to doorsteps. The first van that features a kitchen apart from selling processed and ready-to-eat items has been stationed at Dhakuria in south Kolkata.
Mutton, lamb, pork, koel, turkey, duck and chicken are available from this mobile counter. However, beef products won’t be available.
Customers can also ask for different types of fried and grilled snacks from the van.
Incidentally, Mamata Banerjee has already expressed concern at the situation in Uttar Pradesh where many meat shops and slaughterhouses have been forced to close down after an order to shut down on illegal abattoirs.
“The state government has been operating more than 200 counters, kiosks and franchisees that sell meat in different locations in the state for a number of years. This initiative will take the products to some neighbourhoods. We want to promote meat among the people as it is source of protein,” said Swapan Debnath, state animal resource development minister.
West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation, which has been operating the counters in the markets for years, is the vehicle of the new project.
“The initiative is aimed at providing ‘ready-to-eat’ processed meat to the people easily. We have launched one such van in South Kolkata and three more will follow soon,” said Gouri Shankar Koner, managing director, West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation.
The meat is supplied by state government’s livestock farm and meat processing centre in Haringhata in Nadia district. The government has been selling and promoting meat under this brand for years.
“One can also sample snacks such as chicken nuggets or koel kebab,” added Koner.
The government is planning to roll out at least one van in each district.
First Published: Mar 30, 2017 07:48 IST