GUWAHATI, Jan 5 � No consensus between the meat sellers� associations of Guwahati and modern slaughterhouse of NEC Food Processing Pvt Ltd, Khanapara over the processing fees of animal slaughter, has stalled the initiation of painless animal killing in Guwahati.
To resolve the issue, a meeting has been called tomorrow by the Additional Commissioner GMC, which would try to reach a consensus between the two parties over the rates of slaughter of each animal.
The meeting to be held at GMC office conference hall would have representatives of meat sellers� associations and the Khanapara slaughterhouse.
Earlier, the meat sellers had objected to the rate proposed by the slaughterhouse saying that it would escalate the prices and hamper their business.
Animal slaughter in the modern slaughterhouses not just ensures painless killing, but also the hygiene and quality of the meat. The corporation is planning to bring the areas of Ganeshguri, Beltola, Sixmile, Dispur Supermarket and Basistha.
�In Guwahati, we have been trying to upgrade the process of meat selling starting with the maintenance of basic hygiene. In a recent meeting, more than 300 licensed meat sellers of the city were asked to ensure net and glass covers in their shops. Winter, specially New Year and Magh Bihu being the prime season of meat selling, we wanted to streamline the entire process during this time,� said MK Goswami, Veterinary Officer of the GMC.
The meat sellers who had earlier overlooked the Corporation�s notice regarding maintenance of hygiene, have been served fresh notices to comply the norms, including maintaining a safe distance from drainage and dustbins, and also the age and physical condition of the animals to be slaughtered.
�Some positive changes are noticed in markets like Paltan Bazar, Uzanbazar and Beltola areas. However, only a comprehensive implementation of the Slaughterhouse Act would ensure the desired results,� he added.
However, a strict action on the makeshift meat shops, which operate mostly during the evening, is still awaited. Mostly unauthorised, such shops not just flout the norms, but create a public nuisance in the markets.