SHILLONG, Dec 22: With an aim to ensure that the health of its citizens is not affected, the State Government has assured that it will soon come up with a legislation to make it mandatory for all imported livestock to go through a process of screening before being sold in the markets of the state.
This assurance was made by the Minister in-charge of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary (AH&V) HDR Lyngdoh when a delegation of the FKJGP and KJBWA had called on him on Thursday raising concerns regarding the safety of meat being sold in the state.
“He (Lyngdoh) has assured that the department would soon come up with a draft legislation to ensure imported livestock including cattle are safe for consumption, and place the same before the state cabinet for its approval,” FKJGP president Wellbert Rani informed after the meeting.
Earlier, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Hima Mylliem had issued an order cancelling the permission for screening and ear tagging of cattle at Khanapara market in Ri Bhoi District thereby raising serious concerns over the safety of meat that is sourced from the market.
This had also resulted in a boycott call by the Khasi-Jaintia Butchers’ Welfare Association (KJBWA) which had decided not to purchase any cattle from the Khanapara market.
As per the FKJGP general secretary Dundee Cliff Khongsit, the Minister had also assured that in the initial stage, the state government will continue screening cattle and that this screening will later be extended to other livestock.