Restau­rant and ho­tel in Trongsa to stop sell­ing meat dur­ing aus­pi­cious months

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R es­tau­rants and ho­tels un­der Trongsa Dzongkhag will now stop sell­ing meat items on two months of Saga Dawa, Chothrul dawa and three aus­pi­cious days of ev­ery month.

It was de­cided dur­ing the 14th Dzongkhag Tshogdu based on the joint de­ci­sion of Due­dro Rang­wang Tshogpa (Life Sav­ing Com­mit­tee) and hote­liers on April 18.

But there are some restau­rants and hote­liers who are un­happy with the de­ci­sion made by Dzongkhag Tshog­due .

Tashi Dorji, owner of Tsh­er­ing Lham restau­rant said, “We as a busi­ness man have to al­ways think from the cus­tomers’ point of view. There are lim­ited cus­tomers who are veg­e­tar­ian. Most of them eat meat.”

“I am afraid I may lose my busi­ness with this new rule,” he added.

Out of 27 restau­rants 18 at­tended the meet­ing with Due­dro Rang­wang Tshogpa at Yangkhil re­sort on 18th April.

As per the Dzongkhag Tshon­gdu if ma­jor­ity of the mem­bers have de­cided, it can be im­ple­mented as rule and was de­cided to fine Nu. 500/- for each cus­tomer if found serv­ing meat items.

The rule will be en­forced by the com­mit­tee com­prises of BAFRA, town rep­re­sen­ta­tive and few mem- bers within the hote­liers.

“Though it is fine to stop meat on two aus­pi­cious months but I am doubt­ful about the three days in ev­ery month.” Nima Tsh­er­ing owner of NT ho­tel said, “Be­cause if the meat pre­pared on the pre­vi­ous day, it can­not be sold, we have to look for the cus­tomers next day as it gets spoiled oth­er­wise.”

Tashi Pelden, Nubi Gup, Chair­man of DT said, “Gov­ern­ment has al­ready ban meat for two months but if we don’t stop restau­rants’ from sell­ing, there is no dif­fer­ence.” “It’s just in dif­fer­ent form. Meat shops sell raw meat whereas ho­tels sell cooked meat.”

“I am very happy with the de­ci­sion and the rule made by DT,” said Nima Pelden who runs bar. “I serve meat with wine as chang paa. But even if I serve Ez­zay (Salad), my cus­tomers are same,” “It would rather save life of many an­i­mals.”

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