Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Monday ordered officials to create a gated market for selling fish and meat in each city after outlawing the open sale of meat and eggs.
Yadav stated during a review conference with the department of urban administration officials, “First a campaign will be run to stop the open sale of meat and egg. It is necessary to develop a closed designated market for meat and fish.”
“Till the development of markets, temporary sheds should be installed for shifting all the shops at one place,” he continued.
An officer associated with the chief minister, said, “A large number of shops of meat and fish started in different areas of cities of MP. Many locals complained that the shops are nearby temples or schools and they felt uneasy while passing from there. On the very first day, he ordered the mushrooming of illegal shops and now, a separate market.”
Urban development principal secretary Neeraj Mandloi averred, “There is already provision for separate markets of vegetables, fish and meat in every city. It was not constructed as of now as it requires infrastructure as well as a separate budget. But now the CM asked us to do it on a priority basis.”
“There could be more than one market in a city. The local bodies and urban administration department will construct the market jointly in every city. The meat shops will not be allowed at places other than the market,” he continued.
Butchers are not pleased with this kind of order. Sohail Khan, a meat vendor in New Market, stated, “My shop is here in the market for the past so many years. We can’t expect many markets in a city and they will shift us to the outer area of the city. If it is shifted to other places, we will face economic loss. They should allow the shops in different parts of the city too.”