1. Amid crackdown on slaughterhouses in UP, Mamata Banerjee launches ‘Meat on Wheelz’ in West Bengal

Amid crackdown on slaughterhouses in UP, Mamata Banerjee launches ‘Meat on Wheelz’ in West Bengal

The scheme which has been started by West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation Limited (WBLDCL)’s popular brand ‘Haringhata Meat’ was launched by Animal Resources Development Department Minister Swapan Debnath.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 29, 2017 11:32 AM
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In a season of the ban on slaughterhouses that has sparked a public outrage and a series of controversies in Uttar Pradesh, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has rolled out a new initiative called ‘Meat on Wheelz’ to provide non-veg delicacies to Kolkata’s doorsteps. The scheme which has been started by West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation Limited (WBLDCL)’s popular brand ‘Haringhata Meat’ was launched by Animal Resources Development Department Minister Swapan Debnath on Monday at the department’s headquarters at Salt Lake. “Depending on the success of the pilot project, a few more vehicles would be added, including in other district headquarters of the state,” told an official to The Indian Express.

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Initially, there will be three vans of Meat on Wheelz spread across the state and will serve dishes like quail biryani, ‘gandharaj turkey’ and duck roast. “In 2014-15, we had sales of Rs 4.35 lakh in frozen and processed meat. By 2015-16 September, it had jumped to Rs 9.58 lakh. If you take into account sales during the Ahare Bangla food festival, we crossed the Rs 10 lakh mark,” added the official. Interestingly, WBLDCL also deals in non-conventional meat such as that of quail, duck, turkey and emu.

The West Bengal Chief Minister had recently expressed concerned over happenings in Uttar Pradesh. “We are concerned about recent happenings in UP. People are afraid and many are scared about differences over caste, creed & religion. We are all one. ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ sirf bolna nahi hain, karna hain. We have to do it, to make it meaningful. A govt has to be for all. We need to safeguard our Constitution and allow it to guide,” Banerjee said in a statement.

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She also requested the people of West Bengal not to engage in any communal instigation by saying, “West Bengal is a place for everybody from every religion. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, tribals, Hindi speaking and Urdu-speaking live here… Do not fall prey to any kind of communal instigation,” Banerjee said while addressing a rally at the Jalpaiguri Sports Complex. She used herself as an example and added, “I do participate in Roza and for doing that many say it is sacrilegious, but if my attending Roza goes against my religion then I will attend it several times… I do not care. I do not have faith in a religion which does not endorse love among people. I have faith in that religion which teaches people to love each other.”

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