Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Mauvin Godinho on Friday said that the Goa Meat Complex, the only abattoir in the state would be reopened during the second half of the next month, in view of the ‘Bakri Eid’ which would be celebrated on August 22. The slaughterhouse has been closed since October 11, 2017.
Coming out with this information, Godinho said that the government has already obtained all necessary statutory permissions, from various authorities, as per the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for the Goa Meat Complex, and we would be allowing the meat traders to procure animals for the same.
“The new FSSAI guidelines prevent slaughtering of animals by halal method and as per these guidelines, the government has procured a pneumatic stunning gun at a cost of Rs 21 lakh,” he added.
Godinho, replying to a Zero Hour Mention by the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Glenn Ticlo as regards apprehension in the minds of the people about closure of Goa Meat Complex and import of unhygienic beef from Belgaum, said that the government wanted to start the abattoir earlier, however there were just no animals as a non-Goan, one-woman NGO represented by one Anjali Anand instigated the people against the Complex.
Speaking further, the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services stated that propaganda however was made against the BJP-led government, holding it responsible for
closing the Goa Meat Complex. “However, it is this NGO that is creating an issue,” he noted.