In a step towards digitalisation, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to give out online permission for sacrificing animals in upcoming Bakri Eid (Eid Ul Zuha).
According to a report in Indian Express, BMC has decided to start a new online permission process for a limited period between August 21 and September 4. During this period individuals can upload their details and get permissions to sacrifice an animal. The BMC will also launch app for the same.
Currently, the gate pass issued at the Deonar abattoir was seen the permission for sacrificing animals, but now this will change. Under the new system, a person who has valid gate pass after buying the animal can go to BMC’s website, upload identification proof as well as gate pass number and will get a customised licence for making sacrifice under an individual’s name.
Yogesh Shetye, general manager of the Deonar abattoir, told Indian Express, “We have kept the application simple, in which people will have to put in their name, address and upload one of five accepted government identification documents. They will also have to mention the date on which they are planning to carry out the ritual. The information will be available to the respective ward offices as well, who will then be able to collect the animal remains and dispose of them properly. People who purchase animals will have time till September 4 to register.”
He further added that remaining permissions like after supply and setting up of tents will be granted by the respective ward office. “Everything else stays the same. People can get the remaining permissions from the ward office. The gate pass, however, will now be replaced with the online permission. Once people have entered their details, they will get the permission online and they can either retain a soft copy of it or even print it out for a hard copy,” Shetye told Indian Express.
The existing law says that animals can only be slaughtered in abattoirs. But the BMC has powers to make exemptions to these rules and regulations, and can allow people to slaughter animals in other places. For instance in the upcoming Bakri Eid, the municipal commissioner under Section 403 E of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act (MMCA) will make an exception for three days and grant written permission for slaughtering to all those who will purchase animals from the Deonar yard.