Before the change of dispensation in Uttar Pradesh, young Sikandar, who comes from butcher community, used to run his own meat shop in the State’s district making good money.
However, after reports surfaced of crack down on illegal meat shops, Sikandar, only 12th pass, came to Delhi and started driving auto to earn his livelihood.
When asked about his earning from meat shop in UP, he said he was happy making Rs 5,000 daily. But with his meat shop closed, he had no work, said Sikandar, adding that he decided to come to Delhi and started driving auto.
He said he resided in Old Delhi and work hard to earn his livelihood. When asked whether he had license to run the shop, he answered in negative and said he had just finished his Class XII and opened his shop with his father also in the business and made good money but all came to an end with the closure of the shop. He said he ran the shop for six months and closed it due to several problems.
Several reports had published about butcher fraternity in UP felt the heat post UP Government’s directive to ban illegal slaughter houses. In end of March, Indian Express had reported that a delegation of meat sellers and butchers had met the State’s Chief Minister on the issue.
Umar Chaudhary, general secretary of All India Jamaitul Quresh, a representative body of butchers and meat traders, said: “The CM listened to us patiently. He assured us that pending licences will be renewed and an alternative arrangement made for slaughter till modern slaughterhouses are constructed. He also said the establishments will have to comply with all rules affecting environment and health. We told him that many vigilante organisations harass those involved in the business. Assuring us that such acts would not be allowed, he said he is the Chief Minister for all and not just for members of a particular religion or caste.”
(This report is based on a conversation between an Okhla resident and auto driver Sikandar a few days ago during a journey in the national Capital)