Govt to ensure cleanliness from animal sellers: minister

LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to use the carrot and stick policy against sellers of sacrificial animals, in order to ensure cleanliness of the cities.

Punjab Minister for Local Governments and Rural Developments Manshaullah Butt, while talking to APP on Sunday, said that the government would offer certain incentives and also penalties to animal sellers for ensuring cleanliness of cities and safety of public facilities.

He said that the local bodies institutions all over the province had been directed to set temporary animal markets.

He said that these markets should have basic facilities of electricity, water supply, security arrangements and stalls of eatable goods on reduced rates etc.

“Strict action will be taken against those selling animals out of the allocated areas or violating rules and regulations in this regard”, he added.

He said people and owners of animals were bound to take care of green belts, trees and flowers etc.

Various departments including police, livestock, solid waste management (SWM) and WASA will deploy their staff in these markets.

“The animal sellers will be offered animal fodder on concessional rates; fine will also be imposed on them if they attempt to sell animals outside of these markets”, he added.

The minster said that the officials of SWM should also make arrangements to control animal waste and remains of animals during Eid.

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