Punjab launches app for online purchase of sacrificial animals

LAHORE: Punjab government has launched an application for the online purchase of the sacrificial animals ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha amid the ongoing coronavirus situation.
According to details, the sacrificial animals could be purchased using the application, named ‘Bakra Mandi Online’. People can purchase animals without visiting the cattle markets that are established in the province under strict COVID-19 SOPs.
The application ‘Bakra Mandi Online’ carried images of the animals and other specifications regarding them including their age, weight, and race.
It is worth mentioning here that the provincial government has issued the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the establishment of cattle markets.
According to the directives, cattle markets should be established 2-5 kilometers outside city limits. “The markets should have spacious parking lots with separate entry and exit points,” the notification read.
The Punjab government has restricted the elderly and children from visiting. “People experiencing symptoms like fever, cough should avoid visiting cattle markets,” the notification added.
The government also approved the online collective sacrifice of animals as it plans to allow some seminaries and other welfare organizations to hold the collective sacrifice of animals.
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