September 26, 2013
N H ZUBERI
As Eid-ul-Azha is fast approaching, most of the people are considering fulfilling the religious obligation this year by going for collective sacrifice instead of performing it on individual basis owing to high prices of sacrificial animals. The increase in prices has particularly affected the salaried class, who find it extremely difficult to save money and buy animals for sacrifice. The purchasing power of people with limited income is continually shrinking due to the increasing cost of living.
With the rise in prices, the trend of collective sacrifice is gaining popularity as it allows people to share the cost of sacrificial animals. Several religious organisations and NGOs, who are engaged in arranging collective sacrifice, have reported booking by people in large number. The organisations have also advertised their services on billboards in the city. These organisations offer a share raging from Rs 5,500 to Rs 8,200 depending on the kind and cost of sacrificial animal.
Although, less than a month has left for Eid-ul-Azha and security has also been tightened, very few people are seen visiting the markets set up in the city for sacrificial animals. This year the average price of a healthy goat is available at Rs 18,000, while a medium weight cow costs around Rs 50,000 to 100,000. Courtesy Business Recorder