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After Dadri, storing mutton at home risky: Goa Congress

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Panaji: The Congress party here on Friday said following a 52-year-old man’s lynching in Uttar Pradesh over allegedly eating beef, it had turned risky for members of the minority community of Goa to store mutton at home.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Urfan Mulla said at a press conference that persistent pressure from the right wing Hindu groups on beef transportation had shot up the prices of beef in the state where 27 percent of the people are from minority communities.

“Minority communities in Goa are now scared to keep mutton at home after what happened in Dadri,” Mulla said while condemning last month’s Dadri attack in Uttar Pradesh where a Muslim man was killed and his son left severely injured by a mob which suspected them of having cow’s meat.

Christians and Muslims account for nearly 27 percent of Goa’s population and are the major beef consumers, along with a significant section of the three million tourists who visit the state annually.

Mulla also said specific targeting of beef consignments being imported into the state by the Hindu right wing organisations, had resulted in a beef shortage in the state as well as hiked prices of the red meat.

“Beef imports into the state are being targeted by the VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) in Karnataka and other groups. Prices of beef in Goa have also escalated,” Mulla alleged.

Beef is being sold at Rs 250 per kg in Goa, which has a daily demand of around 50 tonnes of beef.

 

(IANS)

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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