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Impossible to ensure vegetarian, non-vegetarian preferences: Zomato tells protesting delivery executives

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Impossible to ensure vegetarian, non-vegetarian preferences: Zomato tells protesting delivery executives

Reacting to protesting delivery executives in West Bengal's Howrah, food delivery giant Zomato said it is impossible to ensure vegetarian and non-vegetarian delivery preferences.

It issued the statement after a large number of delivery executives boycotted delivery of beef or pork, saying that it harms their religious sentiments.

Zomato delivery executives said they would go on a strike from Monday protesting that the food being delivered by them is hurting their religious sentiments.

It is "impossible" to ensure that vegetarian and non-vegetarian preferences are factored into delivery logistics in a diverse country like India, Zomato said.

On Sunday, Zomato delivery executives in Howrah held protest against delivering of pork and beef items, saying that, the company should stop playing with the religious sentiment of their employees.

Both Hindu and Muslim food delivery boys have refused to deliver the food that is beyond their religious acceptable guidelines and said they will protest on Monday too.

Zomato, reacting to the development, said that delivery partners are "unequivocally made to understand the practical nature of the job as they choose to enter the workforce".

"In a country as diverse as India, it is impossible to ensure that vegetarian and non-vegetarian preferences are factored into delivery logistics. Delivery partners are unequivocally made to understand the practical nature of the job as they choose to enter the workforce. All our partners understand this fully," Zomato was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Zomato, however, said they are looking to resolve the issue. "There is a small group of partners in Howrah who have raised concerns and we are looking to resolve the issue," Zomato said.