Don't intend to alter food habits, hit businesses: Govt
June 12, 2017  22:33
The government does not want to "alter" the food habits of people and put businesses in this sector to trouble, Union minister Harsh Vardhan said.

His remarks come amid protests over the notification issued by his ministry on the sale of cattle for slaughter at open markets across the country.

"We drafted the rules after the Supreme Court directive. Following this, the notification was put in the public domain for a period of one month.

"Some suggestions came and were incorporated into the rules. Our intention behind issuing the rules is not to alter the food habits of people in anyway. We also do not have any intention of putting businesses of any kind to difficulty," the environment minister said.

The row over beef eating and cattle trade has led to protests in several states, including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
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