Sacrificial animal markets to be set up at designated places: LGRD Minister

Published : 13 Jun 2021 10:30 PM

Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Md Tajul Islam has said that in the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, sacrificial animal markets will be set up at places designated by city corporations, municipalities, upazilas and union parishads in compliance with health rules. Animal markets will not be allowed to outside the designated places.

The Minister said this while presiding over an online inter-ministerial meeting held at the initiative of the Local Government Department on Sunday. The meeting was held regarding the management of the sacrificial animal market, the slaughter of animals at designated places and the preparation of the removal of the waste on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha-2021.

The minister said that India has suffered a lot due to the spread of delta variants of the corona virus in the country. As India is our neighboring country, this variant has appeared in some areas of our country, especially in the border areas. So this year the animal market will be set up with utmost caution. 

He added that the appropriate authorities will select designated places for setting up of Sacrificial Animal Market and places for the slaughter of those animals. Apart from the selected placves, sacrificial animals will not be allowed to be slaughtered. City, Upazila and Union Parishad authorities will take steps to set up cattle markets in their respective areas.

Mentioning that the bordering districts of our country are in a very risky situation, Tajul Islam said many animals come to the country from India legally and illegally on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha while people also travel. There is a danger that the Indian variant will spread in our country at a huge rate after the Eid. 

He called upon the people's representatives in their respective areas and those concerned to take precautionary measures to prevent illegal entry of people and animals from India under any circumstances.

The local government minister said sacrificial animal stalls were set up on roads, highways and railway lines in many places. Authorities do not lease hats in these places. But illegal cattle markets are set up in these places. Placing animal stalls on the road must be stopped. It should be stopped by the joint initiative of all including the Roads and Highways Authority and the people's representatives of the Upazila, Municipality and Union Parishad of the concerned area. Hats cannot be allowed to sit there.  Mentioning that measures should be taken to remove the waste as soon as possible after the sacrifice, he said all the people's representatives of the city corporation including the mayor, municipal mayor and upazila and union parishad will remove the waste on their own initiative.

The minister further said that a public awareness campaign was launched in the media last year to set up animal stalls in compliance with health norms and to maintain social distance. Apart from the city corporations, other organizations will also run awareness campaigns on their own initiative, he said.

At the same time, the minister called upon the mayors of all city corporations to work from their respective positions to reduce the suffering of the people by taking measures for the permanent solution of water logging.

The meeting was attended by mayors of all city corporations including Dhaka North and South City Corporations, senior secretaries of local government departments, secretaries of concerned ministries and departments including health, information and broadcasting and representatives of various departments.