Inspired by the steps taken by Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, Jharkhand government’s decision to close illegal abattoirs was hailed by a state minister. A day after issuance of the order, Jharkhand Urban Development minister CP Singh supported it and said that all illegal slaughter houses have to be “closed down” across the state and only legal ones should be allowed to function.
On Monday, in an official release, the state ordered closure of illegal slaughter houses in view of the overall public order, safety and health of the general public. The release also stated that the order must be implemented within 72 hours of its issuance. Principal Secretary (Home) SKG Rahate wrote to all deputy commissioners, senior superintendents of police, superintendents of police, municipalities and notified area committees have been asked to take steps for the closure of illegal abattoirs in their regions.
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In the letter, he clearly stated to the officials that notice must be issued to all illegal slaughter houses for closing operations within 72 hours and asked them to not allow any of those abattoirs to operate within their jurisdictions. However, as far as abattoirs that claimed to be legal are concerned, Rahate said that valid slaughter houses must ensure compliance of the rules and regulations laid down by the Animal Husbandry Department and Health Department.
The issue of illegal slaughter houses has been highlighted by Yogi Adityanath after he became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Soon after taking oath as the CM, Yogi Adityanath closed hundreds of slaughter houses across the state that were operating against the law. Following the move, a large section of meat sellers from UP went on strike against it. The former ruling party of the state, Samajwadi Party, also came forward and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) government is doing this in order to please one community over the other despite the fact that Hindus are the largest consumers of meat.