Soon after taking the throne of the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, who would have thought that Yogi Aditya Nath would be working so rapidly to make it “Uttam Pradesh”. He has taken several decisions stating it towards the welfare of the people which include Anti Romeo squad, ban on gutkha in public places and much more. But the most highlighted decision that Yogi Aditya Nath’s government has taken was cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops.
Many of us would praise Yogi Aditya Nath for taking such a historic decision and definitely, it is a decision worth applaud. According to a report, the people living near to the abattoir and eating infected meat are prone to more than six deadly diseases including cholera, typhoid, dysentery and skin diseases. Also, the abattoirs have to follow around ninety-five rules and regulations to function, which most of them do not follow. The people running the abattoirs do not treat the blood and drain it directly into the land which significantly pollutes the land water and causes many diseases. Also, there is a rule of making compost from animal wastage but it is also not being followed.
These are a few cases which show the real truth of illegal abattoirs and there are several other cases after listening to which I am sure you would also think highly of this decision.But none of us would have thought about the other side of this decision. Let’s peep into the other side of the slaughterhouse ban.
The cracking down of slaughterhouses could impact three major industries namely Meat packaging, Livestock, and Leather. The largest state of India in terms of population, as well as land area, Uttar Pradesh is one of the poorest states with the second highest unemployment rate, after Jharkhand.
According to a report, the unemployment rate of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2015-16 was high as compared to Indian average and especially youth unemployment. There are around 25000 illegal abattoirs in Uttar Pradesh which, after shutting down, would leave several other people unemployed. According to data published by Agriculture and Processed Food Export Development Authority (APEDA), the major share of India’s export earnings is made up by meat-packing and leather industry accounting for nearly 43% of buffalo meat export in 2015-16.
Now let us have a look at various industries that will be affected by the campaign.
Meat Industry: About 43% of India’s buffalo meat exports comes from UP
There are around 4000 registered abattoirs and more than 25000 that are not. Due to a high number of slaughterhouses, UP accounts for highest buffalo meat export followed by Maharashtra. The total worth of buffalo meat exported from India was about Rs 26,685.42 crore which accounts for 13.14 lakh metric tons buffalo meat.
Since there are a large number of illegal abattoirs running in UP, the number of people employed in these slaughterhouses and meat shops is not accurately known. But it has to be in thousands. All these people will be left unemployed after shutting down of abattoirs.
The government should have thought of these people and given them some financial assistance for upgrades. Appropriate action should have been taken after providing relief.
Source: Economic Times
Livestock Industries: Economic dependence indicated by recording 14% growth
According to a report, there is a 3.33% decrease in livestock in India but reports have also shown that there is 14% increase in livestock in Uttar Pradesh which clearly shows the economy’s dependence on livestock and allied businesses.
In rural areas, livestock is an important economic resource. They are mainly raised by agricultural families with small land holdings or by laborers who use them for milk and other products. For a person to overcome his economic crisis, he would sell his cattle mainly to butchers. This generally happens in drought affected areas such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Thus the decision of slaughterhouse ban will directly affect the landless laborers and farmers.
Source: Economic Times
Leather Industry: An area having majority of employees from disadvantaged community
According to a study by Centre for Education and Communication (CEC), in the year 2014-15, Indian leather exports accounts for $6.4 billion and in 2015-16 it accounts for $5.8 billion. Around 2.5 million people are employed in the Indian leather industry out of which one-third are women and one-fourth are scheduled castes and tribes. Also according to a report by Council for Leather Exports (CLE), one-third of the total export goes from Kanpur in UP.The leather industry in Kanpur is currently in crisis and due to this decision, it will be diminished further.
Source: Economic Times
I’m sure after reading these points you will rethink about the banning decision as this decision is going to have a great impact on people’s life. There are people who are running these slaughterhouses for many years and their whole family is in this business. Now, they won’t have anything to do.
Of course, the decision taken by UP government is a historic one but the government and especially Yogi Aditya Nath, who is being considered to be a messiah by the Hindu community, should also think about these people.
Similar to the two sides of a coin, this decision also has two sides. It depends on us which side we need to look on.