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