The government on Sunday asked its agencies concerned to ensure additional precautionary measures at cattle markets and advised to give an extra focus on online cattle trade ahead of Eid-ul-Azha amid the spike in coronavirus infections and deaths.
The decision was made in an inter-ministerial meeting at the home affairs ministry to review the law and order situation on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul Azha, according to a press release.
It said no cattle market would be allowed on the road and the cattle-laden trucks must have banners mentioning the marketplace. Besides, the cattle laden trucks would not be allowed to make a stoppage on the road, the meeting decided.
Chaired by the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, the meeting was attended by senior secretary of the public security department Mostafa Kamal Uddin, secretary of the security services division Md Shahiduzzaman, inspector general of police Benazir Ahmed and senior officials from ministries concerned among others.
The meeting asked the agencies concerned for necessary steps to ensure health and hygiene at the cattle markets following the health ministry guidelines to contain the COVID-19 spread.
People wish to visit cattle markets must wear masks, said an official, adding that the leaseholders were also asked to set up basin and arrange for sanitisers at the cattle market.
During the meeting, the minister and officials suggested garment factory owners not to keep their units closed for a long time and to focus on online sale due to the coronavirus situation.
Besides, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and factory owners were asked to take necessary action to pay the workers their salaries and bonus on time.
The Coast Guard and river police were asked to take steps to check carrying extra passengers on ferries and launches ahead of Eid. They were also asked to increase vigilance to prevent overloading of cattle on vessels.
Meanwhile, Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation have deducted more than half of the proposed 30 cattle markets for Dhaka this year due to COVID-19.
Officials said that the city corporations initially asked for tenders for 30 makeshift cattle markets, mostly in crowded areas, for selling sacrificial cattle on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha, despite the health risks involved in this time of COVID-19 proliferation.
Officials said that so far six makeshift cattle markets in Dhaka were confirmed and six others on consideration while DNCC cancelled tenders of three markets.
DSCC chief estate officer Rasel Sabrin said that three haats in open spaces adjacent to Postagola mortuary, Kamalapur Little Friends Club and Hazaribagh’s Institute of Leather Engineering and Technology were confirmed while two other markets in open spaces adjacent to Uttar Shahjahanpur Moitri Sangher Math and Aftabnagar were under process.
Dhaka North City Corporation officials said that they have cancelled tenders of three cattle markets — Uttara sector 11, Dhaka Polytechnic Math and Mirpur 5 Eastern Housing area markets out of their 11 proposed markets.
Besides the makeshift cattle markets, the permanent cattle market of DNCC at Gabtali and four other cattle markets — Sarulia Cattle market, Sarulia Kitchen market open space, Demra market and Kayetpara market — under DSCC will also remain open.
Dhaka South city mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh urged the people over 60 years of age not to visit the physical markets while DNCC mayor Atiqul Islam urged the people to buy cattle online without any charge.
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