Health Desk-15 July, 2020: Defying the recommendations by the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19, two Dhaka city corporations are going to set up 11 cattle markets ahead of holy Eid-ul-Azha.
Health experts suggested if cattle markets are allowed in the capital, the corona situation may worsen after the Eid.
The NTAC on Covid-19 prevention on Friday recommended that cattle markets should not be set up in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Chattogram as the virus is not under control.
Earlier, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Sunday that no cattle market will be allowed on the roads and cattle-laden trucks must have banners mentioning the market places.
The minister came up with the warning during a meeting at the ministry on law and order over the preparations for Eid-ul-Azha.
He also said the Health Ministry has taken a decision to set up a cattle market outside Dhaka city and the Local Government Ministry and the city corporations will take steps in this regard.
But, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) have decided to set up 11 cattle markets.
DSCC chief estate officer Rasel Sabrin told media that he did not get any government notice to stop the cattle markets.
Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operative Minister Tazul Islam said, “Last year, people sacrificed 2.5 millions animals in the city. This year number of sacrificial animals may be lesser but people surely sacrifice animals. So, we have to see the people’s interest and we cannot provide the massive service through online.”