The announcement was made by Particular Aid Commissioner (SRC) P Ok Jena after the federal government reviewed the order following an order of the meeting Speaker SN Patro.
“We’re sorry to announce that the peak of Durga idols must be inside 4 ft. It’s not doable to withdraw the August 9 guideline preserving in view the general public well being,” Jena stated.
Patro on September 7 requested the state authorities to rethink the choice after a piece of Congress MLAs raised the problem within the meeting and demanded that the restrictions on the peak of the idols be withdrawn.
Puja organisers additionally protested in opposition to the curb and the state administration on Wednesday stated a choice on it is going to be taken in two days.
Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra had then met a delegation of the puja committees of Cuttack in presence of the SRC and a number of other MLAs of the ruling BJD.
The opposition BJP has given a name for Cuttack bandh on September 13 demanding lifting of the restriction on the peak of Durga idols.
Stating that the restrictions are made with an goal to keep away from a doable third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and cease the unfold of coronavirus amongst individuals, Jena sought the cooperation of individuals, notably the puja committees on this regard.
“We’ve to make sacrifices and be sure that the general public well being is by no means impacted attributable to our behaviour. We apologise to the individuals and search their cooperation for conduct of a congregation-less pageant together with Durga puja,” Jena stated.
He stated the individuals of Puri made sacrifices through the Ratha Jatra pageant in July.
“Native residences didn’t open their doorways and home windows as per the suggestion of the federal government. That helped conduct a easy Ratha Jatra (with out participation of the general public) and it had no antagonistic impression,” Jena stated.
Justifying the state authorities’s stand, the SRC stated, “All of us ought to be taught a lesson from the impression of the Kumbha Mela in Uttar Pradesh and Onam in Kerala. In each the festivals, relaxations led to mass an infection. After Onam, about 30,000 individuals had been contaminated in Kerala. We should always not take any threat.”
He identified that the Ganesh Puja in Maharashtra and different locations within the nation can be being held underneath a number of restrictions. The idol dimension of Ganesh can be restricted to 4 ft in Maharashtra.
“Due to this fact, we enchantment to the individuals of Odisha to co-operate the federal government and guarantee conduct of a easy devotee much less festivals,” he stated.
Jena stated the some international locations together with USA have skilled the Third Wave of the an infection and there’s each chance that it’ll hit India.
He additionally urged the individuals of Odisha to have fun ‘Nuakhai’ pageant on Saturday by following the COVID applicable behaviour. He requested individuals to not overcrowd temples through the festive interval.
Noting that Odisha is presently reporting about 600 to 1000 new COVID-19 infections day by day, Jena stated the second wave of the pandemic continues to be there.
In its August 9 guideline, the state authorities stated, “It’s hereby directed that congregations for celebration of Ganesh Puja, Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, Kali Puja and different related festivals shall not be allowed in public all through the State. Nonetheless, spiritual rituals in church buildings/ temples/ mosques/ locations of worship will proceed as normal with a restricted variety of individuals with strict adherence to Covid protocols.” PTI AAM
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