K'taka: DK Deputy Commissioner proposes to stop 'meat-free day' with state govt

Mangaluru, Jan 4: Pointing at evolving time and irrelevance, in a fresh move, a Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Dakshina Kannada is seeking the Karnataka government to withdraw an order pertaining to meat-free day observed during festive occasions.

A DC A B Ibrahim has sent a letter (available with OneIndia) to the principal secretary of the Urban Development Department on the same.

A B Ibrahim

Meat-free days are observed during Mahaveer Jayanti, Buddha Poornima, Ambedkar Jayanti, Mahashivaratri, Ramanavami, Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Gandhi Jayanti, Sankranti and Ramalinga Adikalar Memorial Day .

The order in connection to this was passed in 1970. The DC, in first of its kind step, categorically stated that evolving time is not supporting the implementation of the order and order appears outdated in current time.

The letter further added that few festivals mentioned in the order does not enjoy relevance in Dakshina Kannada and other districts of the state. Which means, on that day, meat-ban sounds irrelevant to the denizens.

The order also puts sanction on sale and consumption of meat (goat and sheep) during Ambedkar Jayanti. However the DC in the letter argues that Dalit activists and associations oppose such sanctions as they are fighting for food rights from long. In consideration of this, the order seems draconian.

The DC also in the letter drafted about modified economic infrastructure, post-liberalization. "Due to mall culture and cold storage facility it is difficult to check all the places to learn whether malls running meat sale on the particular day," the letter pointed.

The letter also opines that the district administration finds hard to implement the order in frenzied mall, bar and pub culture. According to the order meat is restricted to goat and sheep .

"We cannot go around checking all non-veg hotels and bars to make sure same is not cooked on the day, besides chicken, fish and egg," the letter conveys. The administration is in no position to order the closer of hotels, bars and other food outlets.

On the other hand many active associations claim that the constitution of India has given the right to each individual to practice his/her food culture. A day ban on meet subsequently conflict with constitutional right. "Many associations have submitted this submission to the district administration demanding to stop the meat-free day.

The DC Ibrahim, speaking to OneIndia said this is not the problem of Dakshina Kannada alone but also problems of other districts. "I have placed the proposal with the secretary to review and withdraw this order in changing times." If the government feels to squash the order then it would be applicable in across the state, DC added.

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