Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday said no makeshift cattle market will be allowed to be set up in the capital ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
“This time all the cattle markets will have designated boundaries, which cannot be expanded,” the minister said while talking to reporters after holding two back-to-back meetings with law enforcement agency officials at the Secretariat.
This year, Asaduzzaman said, 22 cattle markets will be set up in the capital under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
Besides, the minister said, no cattle market will be allowed to be set up in residential areas, near rail lines and/or on highways.
Asaduzzaman added there will be one police camp for each of the markets, while constant supervision and security will be ensured by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) through closed-circuit television (CCTVs) surveillance.
Security personnel will also be deployed near all the shopping centres, commercial areas and places where Eid prayers will be offered to ensure security for all.
Several ‘money squads’ will also be there in the markets for those who may hesitate to travel with huge sums of money.
The entry points, known for distribution of illegal medicines and steroids to bulk up cattle, along the border will be sealed off in addition to all the points known for smuggling cowhides.
According to statistics provided by the ministry, Muslims across the country sacrificed some 1.15 crore cattle during last year’s Eid-ul-Azha.
Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the country, will be celebrated in the country on August 22 this year, subject to moon sighting.
Representatives from Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) were also present.
The meeting asked all the banks to remain open in industrial areas on the day before Eid so that the wages of workers may be disbursed seamlessly by RMG factory owners.
The Home Minister urged them to pay the RMG workers their wages and festival bonus before the Eid, and introduce duty shifts for their workers in order to ease traffic jams.
In response to the BGMEA and BKMEA requests, the ministry decided that setting up of new factories and industries will now require a clearance from the Ministry of Commerce other than having the approval from trade bodies.
A letter in this regard will soon be sent from the Home Ministry to the Commerce Ministry, Asaduzzaman said.
In another meeting with law enforcement officials, the minister discussed security measures over the upcoming 43rd National Mourning Day to be observed on August 15.