Lucknow: Soon after the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses, the meat traders of Uttar Pradesh went on a strike. The delegation finally met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday evening.
While the four-day old strike was not immediately called off, the traders hinted at a positive affirmation, saying an announcement will be made after internal meetings and things will tend to get normalise in a couple of days.
After the meeting, state minister Siddharth Nath Singh said the meat traders have supported the Chief Minister and said as citizens of India it was their “duty” to see that nothing illegal is allowed.
Umar Chaudhary, general secretary of All India Jamaitul Quresh, a representative body of butchers and meat traders, said: “The CM listened to us patiently. He assured us that pending licences will be renewed and an alternative arrangement made for slaughter till modern slaughterhouses are constructed.
He also said the establishments will have to comply with all rules affecting environment and health. We told him that many vigilante organisations harass those involved in the business. Assuring us that such acts would not be allowed, he said he is the Chief Minister for all and not just for members of a particular religion or caste.”
The meat traders have been on a strike in protest against the police action, which allegedly didn’t spare traders who were selling chicken and fish. After a series of protests, the Chief Minister had clarified that action was to be taken only against slaughterhouses that were operating illegally — without proper permissions.
The government’s move has found support from the All India Meat Association, which has hailed the Chief Minister for following his “raj dharma”.
“Meat traders were subjected to injustice by the BSP and SP governments,” Haji Shakeel Qureshi, the representative of All India Meat Association and All India Meat and Livestock Exporters’ Association was quoted. “The new chief minister is following his raj dharma (the duty of a ruler), and it is wrong to comment on the one who is pursuing his raj dharma… He is trying to bring the system back on track and needs to be thanked,” he said.
Action, he said, is being taken only against illegal slaughterhouses and there is no report of action against any legal abattoir, he said.