Ultrasound machines at abattoirs: UP does a U-turn
Agra: A day after Unnao district magistrate Ravi Kumar NG issued directions making it mandatory for abattoirs in the district to install by November 30 ultrasound machines and CCTV cameras at halal points in their units, which would be connected online to the city magistrate’s office, the UP government has withdrawn the controversial order. The directives, which meat exporters had described as “untenable” and “unacceptable”, had put them in panic.
The seven major slaughterhouses in Unnao have a combined annual export turnover of Rs 4,000 crore and employ over 10,000 people. Soon after the order, meat exporters had claimed that the decision would further hit their business.
“This was an administrative order and it was not our intention to hurt or trouble anyone,” he said, adding the decision of installing CCTV cameras had been withdrawn immediately and alternatives would be found, in consultations with the industry, regarding the installing of ultrasound machines. “We’re working out ways to assess pregnancy of animals in first 90 days and the intention behind this is to check that no rules are violated.”