JAMMU, Feb 20: Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) realized fine of Rs 7,500 from the meat sellers.
As per official spokesman, under the directions of Commissioner JMC, Dr Manmohan Singh and Joint Commissioner (Adm) R.S Jamwal, the Municipal Veterinary Officer Dr Jaswant Singh along with other staff conducted a special drive at Bantalab, Janipur, New Plot, Rehari, CPO Chowk and Gangyal area in which various meat and poultry shops were checked.
During the drive, various meat shops were checked and it was found that some of the meat sellers was selling unstamped meat and even exposing it to the general public by hanging it outside their shops especially in Gangyal area from where JMC was receiving lot of complaints regarding the sale of unhygienic and unwholesome meat.
“A fine to the tune of Rs 7500 was realized from the defaulters and on spot instructions along with strict warning were given to the meat sellers not to sell sub-standard/unwholesome meat to the consumers at any cost which is detrimental to the health of consumers”, spokesman added.
While checking poultry shops it was noticed that majority of them are slaughtering them inside their shops and are throwing all the wastes in the nearby drains thus leading to foul smell and unhygienic environment in and around their shops. This has also become an attraction for stray dogs and other rodentisides. On the spot strict instructions were given to them to maintain proper hygiene on their shops and also create basic infrastructure for stunning, handling and storage, etc as per the standing norms and supply fresh and hygienic meat to the consumers that too after getting proper licence/permission from the concerned authorities.
Municipal Veterinary Officer has also advised them to wrap the carcass with clean white muslin cloth to avoid the exposing of flesh or any other part to the general public and also keep dustbins for the wastes.
He further told that such surprised drives will continue in near future as well to ensure that the consumers can get healthy, wholesome and diseased free meat at reasonable Govt. approved rates.