‘Meat on Wheels’: Mamta Banerjee’s New Initiative

The Ban on slaughter houses, closing down of meat shops and ‘Beef Ban’ are burning topics in the country at present and in this time Mamata Bannerjee has come up with a new initiative. It is called ‘Meat on Wheels’ to provide non-vegetarian delicacies to the doorstep for people in Kolkata.

The scheme which has been started by West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation Limited (WBLDCL)’s popular brand ‘Haringhata Meat’ was launched by Animal Resources Development Department Minister Swapan Debnath on Monday at the department’s headquarters at Salt Lake. “Depending on the success of the pilot project, a few more vehicles would be added, including the other district headquarters of the state,” told an official to a newspaper.

Initially, there are going to be three Wheels spread across the state and will serve dishes like quail biryani, ‘gandharaj turkey’ and ‘duck roast’. “In 2014-15, we had sales of Rs 4.35 lakh in frozen and processed meat. By 2015-16 September, it had jumped to Rs 9.58 lakh. If you take into account sales during the ‘Ahare Bangla food festival’, we crossed the Rs 10 lakh mark,” added the official.

The West Bengal Chief Minister had recently expressed concern over the situation in Uttar Pradesh at present. She said “We are concerned about recent happenings in UP. People are afraid and many are scared about differences over caste, creed & religion. We are all one. ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ sirf bolna nahi hain, karna hain. We have to do it, to make it meaningful. A govt has to be for all. We need to safeguard our Constitution and allow it to guide us,”

She has requested the people of Bengal not to be provoked by the communal instigation and said in a statement that, “West Bengal is a place for everybody from every religion. Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Tribals, Hindi speaking and Urdu-speaking live here… Do not fall prey to any kind of communal instigation,”. She used herself as an example and added, “I do participate in Roza and for doing that many say it is sacrilegious, but if my attending Roza goes against my religion then I will attend it several times… I do not care. I do not have faith in a religion which does not endorse love among people.”

By  – Parul Kulshrestha

 

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