LAHORE: The Punjab government has ordered the local administration to allow the establishment of cattle markets outside the city limits to contain the spread of coronavirus during the upcoming festival of Eid-ul-Azha.
According to sources, cattle markets would be established outside the city limits this year and a committee headed by a provincial minister is tasked to oversee the matter.
Earlier, CM Usman Buzdar had said cattle markets will not be established within urban areas. He had directed the concerned authorities to take action against those violated the government’s orders.
Sources further said the supervisory committee would finalize the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the markets. It was also decided that cattle-owners and customers would be fined should there be a violation of the protective steps.
In this regard, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said sacrificial animals were an important part of the rural economy, which he wished to flourish.
Cattle markets, therefore, would be set up outside the city’s limits in July, with the relevant deputy commissioners assigned to determine their locations.
To ensure that no sick sacrificial animals were brought to the cattle markets for sale, special committees were formed to check the livestock.