Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday imposed a complete ban on the sale of alcohol and meat in Mathura.
“Relevant officers are urged to make plans for the ban as well as the engagement of people involved in such activities in another trade,” he said. The Chief Minister was speaking here during the Krishnotsava 2021 program.
He suggested that those engaged in the alcohol and meat trade could engage in the sale of milk in order to revive the glory of Mathura, who is known to produce huge amounts of milk.
However, the news has received backlash from people who find the decision unreasonable. Many wonder how to change their livelihood overnight.
Adityanath went on to say that every effort will be made to develop Brij Bhumi with adequate funding. “We are looking for a blend of modern technology and cultural and spiritual heritage for the development of the region,” he said.
According to information received from the Ministry of Charitable Affairs, seven places in Uttar Pradesh have been granted the status of pilgrimage sites. After the formation of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, CM Yogi Adityanath declared Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Barsana, Govardhan, Gokul, Baldev and Radhakund as pilgrimage sites.
No liquor and meat store may open within 100 meters of the main entrance of a religious place and within 50 meters of its perimeter, according to the rules of the Department of the Food and Drug Administration.
In 2017, he banned the sale of alcohol and meat in the Vrindavan and Barsana region. Although there are many religious towns in the state, at present only these have been officially declared as places of pilgrimage by the government.
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Posted on: Wednesday September 01, 2021, 4:54 PM IST