Alongside the online sale of sacrificial animals, cattle markets will be set up across the country following health guidelines ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, said Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam on Tuesday.
“Eid-ul-Azha is the second biggest festival of Muslims and people’s emotion is involved in it. Last year, cattle markets were set up amid the Covid-19 pandemic and this year the government has also decided to set up cattle markets by maintaining health protocols including social distancing,” he said.
The Minister came up with the information while addressing an inter-ministerial meeting virtually over the preparations of Eid-ul-Azha.
There will be one way communication in the cattle markets and the exit and entry points will be separate, said Tajul.
Besides, the authorities concerned will take measures to ensure that all will maintain health guidelines at the markets , he said.
All necessary tools including temperature measuring machines, hand sanitizing tools and soap must be kept at cattle markets, said the Minister.
He also asked the authorities concerned to remove the waste of sacrificial animals within 24 hours.
Tajul also urged people to buy cattle online. “All necessary steps have been taken ensure buy and sale of cattle online and necessary measures will be taken to ensure social distancing in the cattle markets.
Already the government has taken steps to create awareness among people through advertisement and a guideline was issued from the Health Directorate about waste management and cattle purchase,” he said.
Issuing a warning, the LGRD Minister said “No cattle market will be allowed at places that disrupt traffic movement and legal action will be taken against those who will violate the order.”
He also asked the public representatives to monitor the overall situation in the cattle market.
Mayors of all city corporations, senior secretaries and high official concerned of the Local Government Ministry joined the meeting.