Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel clarified that the state government has no issues with people’s non-veg food habits. But action can be taken against street food vendors for serving unhygienic food or if they are obstructing traffic on busy city roads. This comes after civic bodies in Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, and Junagadh in Gujarat launched a drive against roadside vendors running non-vegetarian food joints.
All Roadside Non-Vegetarian Food Stalls Are Directed To Be Removed Within 15 Days
The civic body further added that smoke emanating from such spots can pose a health hazard. Rajkot mayor Pradip launched a drive and two days later, Vadodara Municipal Corporation’s standing committee chairman Hitendra Patel issued oral directives to remove all roadside non-vegetarian food stalls within 15 days if they didn’t properly cover their food items. Patel said, “The public display of meat, fish, eggs hurts religious sentiments. It should not be visible.”
Vadodara Municipality Corporation follows the steps of Rajkot Municipal Corporation.
VMC standing committee chairman Dr. Hitendra Patel has instructed the team to ensure that non-veg street vendors don’t ‘display’ or ‘hang’ non-vegetarian food. pic.twitter.com/uvFsqK4Ppi
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Non-Veg Items On Display Can Hurt Religious Sentiments: Gujarat Minister
The RMC staff has already removed non-vegetarian food stalls and kiosks in Limbda Chowk, Fulchhab Chowk, and Shastri Maidan in Rajkot. They explained by stating that such encroachments on main roads cause nuisance and traffic snarls. Revenue minister Rajendra Trivedi further welcomed the move, saying: “The smoke and smell emanating from these non-vegetarian stalls is a health hazard for passers-by.”
The municipal corporations of Vadodara and Rajkot have ordered shopkeepers and hawkers to cover non-vegetarian food, including eggs, saying an open display of the food could hurt religious sentiments.
(reports Darshan Desai)https://t.co/AaRAa8NKQ0
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