Over half of Uttar Pradesh’s licensed slaughterhouses ‘temporarily shut’ for not following norms

While there are 44 licensed slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh, 26 have been “temporarily shut” for not following basic rules and guidelines.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: March 28, 2017 7:32 am
yogi adityanath, up cm, uttar pradesh chief minister, ram naik, up governor, bjp uttar pradesh, indian express Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik in Lucknow on Monday. Vishal Srivastav

FIVE DAYS after the state government began its crackdown on illegal and mechanised slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh, more than half of its licensed slaughterhouses have also been “temporarily closed” for not following norms. While there are 44 licensed slaughterhouses in the state, 26 have been “temporarily shut” for not following basic rules and guidelines laid down for operation, transportation and processing of slaughtered animals. On March 22, three days after Yogi Adityanath took oath as chief minister, the state government issued orders to all divisional commissioners, district magistrates, senior police officers and municipal corporations to inspect slaughterhouses.

They were asked to report to the chief secretary within seven days about the action they had taken.

“As many as 26 licensed slaughterhouses have been shut down during the last five days, as they were not following the set rules. It is not a permanent closure… they have been temporarily closed and would be allowed to function once they follow all norms,” Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar said.

Asked how many of these are mechanised, Bhatnagar said most are. “There is no official count on illegal slaughterhouses being shut down since there is no official record,” he added. On how the government will handle the strike announced by meat sellers, he said that so far, no representative has met him with their complaints or demands.

“Our action is based on the Supreme Court order in the Laxmi Narain Modi vs Union of India case and also the May 12, 2015 order of the National Green Tribunal,” Bhatnagar maintained.

The crackdown is largely based on a list of 24 rules, regulations and existing Acts — formulated by both Centre and states from time to time — which should be followed for running a slaughterhouse.

These include sections 3, 9, 11 and 38 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act-1960 and its corresponding rules — formulated in 2000 — related to the transportation of animals on foot. Guidelines regarding slaughterhouses, formulated in 2001, also find mention in the list.

Moreover, slaughterhouses are supposed to fill a performa for “ante and postmortem fitness certificates to be issued by the veterinary doctor after examining the animal before and after slaughter”.

Section 125 E of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, pertaining to the transportation of livestock, also specify how slaughtered animals are to be ferried.

Further, Environment (Protection) Rules-1986, which define standards for effluent discharge, Water (Preservation and Control of Pollution) Act-1974, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act-1981 and Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules-2000 are also a part of these regulations.

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    Onkar Singh
    Mar 28, 2017 at 4:52 am
    The Bill which allowed Corporate's to donate without disclosing it's source to Political parties is also illegal, because it's been ped without discussing!!!!!! So why not shut down political parties receiving political funding!!!!!
    1. H
      Mar 28, 2017 at 4:20 am
      It could be argued that good SP ledger frustrated with corrupt yadav family and join BJP.
      1. K
        Mar 28, 2017 at 10:05 am
        The norms that are in place (and are being violated by the so called "licensed" slaughterhouses) are meant to prevent cruelty to animals and ensure that the meat supply is healthy.lt;br/gt;He is just trying to being in some hygiene into the meat that we eat. Who has a problem with that?
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          IML sood
          Mar 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm
          These fake named morons who never know how to run their own house properly always try to show thier little wisdom by giving irrelavent absurd advices.UP Govt in hand of Yogi very well know how to deal with all these problems.Not sought advice has big zero value.
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            Rahil Khan
            Mar 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm
            This is really good news, Congress fooled Muslim for almost 7 decades, Muslim were busy eating rich food and were thinking that there are still the bloody NAWABs.lt;br/gt;Good on you Yogi Ji
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