Ul­tra­sound ma­chines at abat­toirs: UP does a U-turn

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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.”

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