Arguing that the fees and fines were revised over nine years ago, the veterinary department has proposed a sixfold hike for a meat shop licence and 4-5 times increase in fines for illegal slaughtering. The only legal place for slaughtering goats, sheep and buffaloes is the Ghazipur abattoir.
A senior corporation official said the application fee for a meat shop could be increased from the existing Rs 1,260 to Rs 7,000, while renewal fee may go up from Rs 900 to Rs 3,000. “A three-month grace period will be provided for delay in renewal after which Rs 2,000 will be charged for each month of delay,” he added. The current fine of Rs 500 for illegal slaughtering of goat and sheep may be increased to Rs 2,000 per animal. The steepest increase is being proposed for slaughtering buffaloes where Rs 10,000 would be charged for each animal against the existing Rs 2,000.
“The fine for illegal slaughtering of buffalo calf is proposed to be increased from Rs 750 to Rs 3,000. Killing chicken in front of licenced shops could invite a fine of Rs 100 for each bird. Currently, no fines are issued for chicken,” said the official.
There are more than 1,400 licenced meat shops in north corporation areas. “We are working on making the licensing policy online. The last policy for meat trade came in 2011. The dairy policy was also cleared a decade ago. South and east corporations have already revised their rates. We need to do the same to improve revenue collection,” the official said.
A proposal has also been made to hike the dairy licence fee, but the rate of increase is comparatively lower (from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000). The registration fee will continue to be Re 1 for each animal. Licence fee for a horse cart may be revised from Rs 1,152 to Rs 1,500.