Chandigarh, Mar 29 (PTI) All slaughter houses in urban areas of Haryana will remain closed today on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain has said. Also Read - Over 70 Cows Die in shelter in Haryana's Panchkula Due to Suspected Food Poisoning

She said the sale of meat, fish and eggs will also be restricted today. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest Update: Good News For 2 Lakh State Govt Employee as Haryana Announces Festival Advance For Them

Jain said Mahavir Jayanti was observed every year as non-violence day. Also Read - Faridabad Murder Sparks Outrage: Both Accused Arrested, Haryana Govt Ensures Quick Probe

“Different religious organizations of the state had met me and demanded prohibition of killing of animals on this day. After this, the officers of the Department were instructed to prepare a proposal in this regard.

“Keeping in view the religious sentiments of the Jain community, the proposal to close down slaughter houses on March 29 and also restrict the sale of meat, fish and eggs has been approved,” she said in an official release.

Jain said officers have been instructed to ensure strict compliance of orders in the municipal areas and also submit a report of the same.

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