New Delhi, March 31: Raising the issue of “arbitrary clamp-down on butchers and meat shops” in several states, Trinamool Congress member Nadimul Haque in zero hour of Rajya Sabha said the government couldn’t dictate what people should eat.
“There has been an arbitrary clamp-down on butchers and meat shops, not only in Uttar Pradesh but also in Jharkhand and several other states too. Livelihood of crores of people is getting affected. In response, these people have gone on an indefinite strike, which has resulted in meat shortage,” he said.
In his question, Haque also pointed out that the meat ban has also hurt other industries such as leather and hospitality.
“Today, 14 per cent of Uttar Pradesh’s GDP is at stake,” Haque said.
“Trying to dictate what people should consume is taking away their right of choice and an affront to their basic human right. What people do for their living or what their preferred food item is cannot and should not be dictated by the state,” he added.
Replying to the TMC parliamentarian, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said no “pressure or strike” can save illegal slaughterhouses from being shut down in the country.
“This is a question of authorised and unauthorised, of legal and illegal (slaughterhouses). Illegal slaughterhouses are not only a threat to human health but also to the environment,” Naqvi said in response to Haque who raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha.
“No amount of pressure or strike can save these slaughterhouses from getting closed,” the minister said, drawing loud disapproval from the opposition benches.
Meanwhile, following the ban of illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh by CM Yogi Adityanath, the meat sellers in the state have shutdown and protesting the ban. Many meat sellers are claiming that they are being harassed despite having the licence.
Other states such as Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesand have also launched similar drives.