Saturday, 18 September 2021 | PNS | Dehradun
The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has started imposing penalties on meat shop owners who operate shops without a valid license. The senior veterinary officer of the corporation, Dr DC Tiwari informed that the corporation has started conducting surprise inspections since last Friday. He said that so far, the MCD teams have issued notices to over 15 meat shop owners. “We have issued notices to the meat shops running without valid licenses. We have also penalised some for irregularities in their shops,” stated Tiwari. He said that all the offenders have been asked to deposit the amount of imposed penalty and submit a written clarification to the MCD. “A court case will be filed against those who fail to comply with these rules,” stated Tiwari. He said that the corporation will collect over Rs 75,000 as the penalty submitted by these offenders. “
The meat shop owners have been warned to keep their shops closed till they get the valid license. If MCD finds them violating the rules again, strict action will be taken against them,” stated Tiwari. On the question of how many licensed meat shop owners operate in the city, the MCD officials said that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issues licenses and the corporation just provides No Objection Certificates (NOCs). However, they also accepted that many shop owners in colonies and small areas run without valid licenses. The officials from the food safety department also said that they will soon conduct a campaign in association with the MCD to identify meat shops that run without valid licenses of the department besides checking other violations.