Election Result 
MADHYA PRADESH - 230
Party20182013
CONG11458
BJP109165
IND43
OTH34
RAJASTHAN - 199
Party20182013
CONG9921
BJP73163
IND137
OTH149
CHHATTISGARH - 90
Party20182013
CONG6839
BJP1549
BSP+71
OTH00
TELANGANA - 119
Party20182014
TRS8863
TDP, CONG+2137
AIMIM77
OTH39
MIZORAM - 40
Party20182013
MNF265
IND80
CONG534
OTH10
  • search

Chicken trade badly hit by birdflu scare

Written by: Staff
|

Kolkata, Feb 23 (UNI) Eventhough the West Bengal Government brushed aside fears about 'Birdflu' in the state, there had been an alarming decline in chicken trade.

''There has been no case of birdflu in the state. The Government has taken all precautionary measures, but the unfounded panic among the people has reduced demand for chicken affecting the poultry business,'' Health Minister Surya Kanta Mishra said.

While denying reports that the Government had ordered not to serve chicken to patients in the state-run hospitals, Mr Mishra, however, expressed helplessness in motivating patients. ''If patients do not want to eat chicken, we cannot force them,'' he said.

''But I have taken chicken yesterday as well as today. I shall have it whenever I can,'' the Minister said.

Animal Resource Development Minister Anisur Rehman also said he had taken chicken in his lunch even today. But he admitted that sale of chicken in the Government-run centres had plummeted like anything though there had not been any official directive against selling chicken and chicken products.

To rejuvenate the depressed situation, Mr Rehman said he would go to a Government-run meat centre on the northern fringe of the city to encourage the people to have chicken without fear.

A drive by Kolkata Municipal Corporation to ward off fear among the people virtually ended in a faux pas yesterday when it organised a ' chicken lunch' programme involving the Mayor, Mayors in Council, Coucillors and the staff member with an elaborate arrangement of chicken delicacies.

Sitting in rows, most of the participants enjoyed the items before the glare of television channels and other mediaperson with Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee choosing to be the exception.

Though claiming to be a regular chicken eater, Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee declined to be a party to the feast saying he could not afford to 'act like a clown'.

UNI KDG KK MA RAI2134

For Daily Alerts

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X
X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more