Merely two days after taking over as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP hardliner, Yogi Adityanath has ordered a major crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh. On day two the government has sealed several slaughterhouses in Ghaziabad and Lakhimpur Khiri. Earlier on day one, other slaughterhouses had been sealed. Of course this signals that the new chief minister has hit the ground running. In his speeches from time to time he had promised that the abattoirs that were running illegally would be shut. Even in his first press conference after taking over as the chief minister he had asserted that his government was all set to take steps to fulfill the promise on slaughterhouses by BJP in the election campaigns.
While he is saying that he is fulfilling BJP manifesto, it is Yogi’s personal agenda, too.Yogi, himself has lead a campaign against cow slaughter in the Eastern UP, had promised to close down all illegal abattoirs running in the state. There is no doubt that the BJP manifesto titled “Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra” had promised that after coming to power it will take “stern steps for closing down all illegal slaughterhouses besides banning mechanized slaughterhouses”.
This assumes importance in view of the fact that Uttar Pradesh produces maximum buffalo meat and exports that to other countries with an earning of more than Rs 2, 700 crore, according to estimates by the states animal husbandry department. And these slaughter houses also employ about two lakh of people. so to what extent will the industry be affected and what is a good plan with the Uttar Pradesh government to offset the losses?