In May, Khattar had directed that notices be issued to all unauthorised meat shops and slaughterhouses to follow rules and apply for licences
As per the orders from the Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, to close all illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops in the state, 666 outlets in the state have been shut down, with Gurugram accounting for the highest number, at 550.
In May, Khattar had directed that notices be issued to all unauthorised meat shops and slaughterhouses to follow rules and apply for licences.
All the 550 meat shops and slaughterhouses in Gurugram were found to be unauthorized by the authorities.
Though the Haryana Municipal Corporation (Regulation of Slaughter Houses) Byelaws, 2008, and Haryana Municipal Corporation (Control on Import of Meat) Byelaws, 2008, were in place for the past eight years, most meat shops and slaughterhouses were running without licences.
A senior officer of urban local bodies department, said, "We are yet to receive updated data from all 81municipal bodies, but as now out of the total 1,219 meat shops and slaughterhouses in the state, 666 have been close.”
He added, "We will issue licences to all meat shops and slaughterhouses that fulfill our conditions. We have nothing against sale or consumption of meat but want hygiene to be maintained."
Haryana urban local bodies department had directed all municipal bodies to cease all illegal slaughterhouses and regulate sale of meat and meat products.