Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that he is going to ensure there is no shortage of beef in the state. He said that the BJP-led coalition government had kept the option of importing of beef from Karnataka open.
Replying to a question tabled by Curchorem MLA Nliesh Cabral, Parrikar said, "We have not closed the option to stop getting meat from Belgaum (in Karnataka) to ensure that there is no shortage. I can assure you that inspection of beef from neighbouring stage will be done by a proper medical doctor those who are authorised to do it, rather than by others."
Parrikar also said that around 2,000 kg of beef was slaughtered daily at the state's only legal abattoir, the Goa Meat Complex, at Ponda. "The rest (of the beef demand) is met by Karnataka," Parrikar said. "The government does not have any intention to restrict bringing animals for slaughter at the Goa Meat Complex from the neighbouring state."
Parrikar’s comments were, however, ridiculed by Congress MP Rajiv Shukla, who said such remark from a BJP CM is hilarious. "BJP CM of Goa saying there won’t be a shortage of beef in the state is hilarious and ironical,” he told news agency ANI.
Beef is widely consumed in Goa by foreigners as well as several sections of the local population.