Adityanath keeps poll promise, works on banning slaughter houses

RSTV Bureau
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a press conference, March 20, 2017.  Photo - PTI

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing a press conference on March 20, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Newly instated Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has ordered a blanket ban on smuggling of cows, and directed police to prepare an action plan for closure of slaughter houses across the state. Both these measures were promised by the BJP in their manifesto ahead of the state Assembly polls.

However, official sources did not specify the type of slaughter houses which will be shut.

The BJP manifesto had said that all the illegal slaughter houses would be closed and there would be a blanket ban on all the mechanised slaughter houses.

The manifesto also argued that dairy-based industries in the state had failed to flourish because of smuggling of cows. It blamed the previous state governments for the fall in cattle count, owing to rampant bovine smuggling.

BJP Chief Amit Shah in his election meetings had emphasised that the moment his party comes to power in the state, it would ban all slaughter houses.

Adityanath also directed the police to act tough against anti-social elements.

He warned that those using police security as “status symbol” would come under the scanner and after review of their threat perception their security might be changed.

Among other things, the newly instated CM also asked his government officials to stop chewing betel leaves when in office.

“The chief minister visited all the floors of the annexe building and met officials posted there. After detecting betel stains on walls, he asked employees not to consume paan or paan masala during duty hours and ensure cleanliness,” Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who accompanied Adityanath in the visit, said.

(With inputs from PTI)