The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has banned the sale and storage of meat, fish and mutton and slaughterhouses must be closed on four Mondays in the month of Shravan as well as on the Hindu festival of Janmashtami, all falling between the 1st and August 22. — within its jurisdiction “to respect the sentiment of the Hindus”.
“In view of the next ‘Mondays in the month of Shravan’, on 08/01/2022, 08/08/2022, 08/15/2022 and 08/22/2022 as well as the ‘Janmashtami’ falling on 08/19/2022 , it is hereby ordered that all slaughterhouses under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation of Rajkot will remain closed as well as the sale and storage of meat, fish and mutton will remain prohibited on these days,” the commissioner said. Mayor of Rajkot, Amit Arora, in a notice issued on Saturday.The notice ordered relevant agencies to ensure strict implementation of the notice and warned violators to take action under the Provincial Municipal Corporation Act 1948 from Gujarat.
The City Commissioner’s notification referred to a 1985 Department of Urban Development and Urban Housing letter from the state government.
Stressing that the civic body issues such notifications every year, Rajkot Mayor Pradeep Dav said on Monday that the RMC only follows the orders of the state government. “We are just following the guidelines of the state government by issuing such notifications every year,” Dav said, adding, “On Mondays in the month of Shravan, Hindus go out in processions and hold religious festivals. Meat and slaughterhouses may hurt their religious feelings and hence these establishments are closed these days. We request these establishments to remain closed during Paryushan as well as ahimsa (non-violence) is one of the tenets of Jainism said Dave.