Gurugram, Mar 29: Marking Mahavir Jayanti as Non-violence Day, the Haryana government on Thursday ordered a day’s closure of all slaughterhouses and shops selling meat or fish. Even the sale of eggs and processed meat has been restricted for the day, say media reports. Also Read - Coronavirus: Gurugram Identifies Nine Containment Zones, Is Your Area Included? | Read List Here
Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG) official Dr. Ashish Singhla urged traders to abide by the order, reports The Times of India. Also Read - Share Market Holidays in April 2020: Here's The Complete List of Days Stock Market will Remain Closed
Haryana’s Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain said various organisations had met her, asking for a prohibition on the slaughter of animals and sale of meat on this day, as per a Zee report. Jain then asked her officials to prepare a proposal for the same. Ina statement, Jain said, “Keeping in view the religious sentiments of the Jain community, the proposal to close down slaughterhouses on March 29 and also restrict the sale of meat, fish, and eggs has been approved. Also Read - Mahavir Jayanti 2020: Best Quotes, SMS, WhatsApp Messages, Facebook Wishes To Send Happy Mahavir Jayanti Greetings!
Meanwhile, traders have resented the move. Even though this is not for the first time that the Haryana government has restricted sale of meat. Last year also, the state government had directed all abattoirs, as well as meat shops, to remain closed for the day which is observed as Ahimsa Day.
Yet, local traders were upset about losing a day’s profits. A meat shop owner in Khadsa Mandi pointed out that most people involved in the trade belonged to the lower strata of the society and such an order affected their business. However, he rued that they had no choice but to comply with the order. Traders also complained about why the government should be dictating what one chooses to eat.
Another shop owner alleged that such an order reeked of appeasement politics and wondered aloud if the government would compensate all the traders for the losses they would incur by remaining shut for a day.