Will take 'beneficial motion': Odisha govt on Jagannath Rath Yatra

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The Odisha authorities on Sunday mentioned it is going to take “beneficial motion” as legally permissible on a request by Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb that Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra, which was stayed by the Supreme Court this yr because of the Covid-19 pandemic, be allowed sans congregation of devotees.

After the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the annual Rath Yatra, the state authorities had been going through large stress from completely different quarters to intervene within the matter.

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“The State Government will take beneficial motion as legally permissible on the request of the Gajapati Maharaj when the writ petition W.P.(C) No. 571 of 2020 is taken up for listening to earlier than the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” Odisha regulation division mentioned in a press release.

The authorities’s response got here a day after Gajapati Maharaja Deb requested it to maneuver a recent utility earlier than the Supreme Court searching for modification of its June 18 order.

The titular king of Puri had additionally requested the state authorities to request the court docket to permit the yatra sans any devotees and solely in Puri because the competition is “sanctioned and mandated” in accordance with the spiritual scriptures and authorized provisions.

More than a dozen petitions have been moved earlier than the Supreme Court searching for recall of its order staying the historic Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, which was scheduled for June 23.

Some petitioners have prayed to the Supreme Court that the yatra be allowed to happen and the three chariots could also be pulled by the servitors of Jagannath temple and police officers in Puri by adhering to the social distancing norms, in accordance with the regulation division.

The state authorities mentioned its stand within the listening to earlier than the Supreme Court on June 18 was primarily associated to hundreds of ratha yatras happening throughout Odisha, it mentioned.

These contain lakhs of individuals, and occur virtually in each gram panchayat, it added.

The authorities mentioned, “More than 5 lakh individuals of Odisha have returned to the state since May. Most of them are more likely to full their quarantine interval by the tip of June. This together with the onset of monsoon has made the Covid-19 pandemic more likely to peak within the State in June and July.”

The pandemic has killed lakhs of individuals throughout the globe and to this point Odisha has dealt with it in an environment friendly method with the bottom mortality charge within the nation, it mentioned.

“Any congregation in the course of the possible peaking interval can result in lack of lives and critical public well being hazard,” it added.

The Odisha authorities mentioned the apex court docket, on June 18, after listening to all of the events together with the three intervenors, handed an order within the curiosity of public well being and security of residents who’re additionally devotees, restraining the state authorities from holding the Rath Yatra this yr.

“In the in the meantime, the Gajapati Maharaj of Puri who can also be the Chairman of the Sri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee has written a letter dated June 20, 2020 to the State Government, inter alia requesting that the Rath Yatra in Puri could also be held with none congregation of most people and with the State Government taking acceptable steps to stop the unfold of Covid-19,” it mentioned.

Similar views have been additionally submitted by the intervenors within the Supreme Court in the course of the listening to on June 18, it mentioned.

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