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State Supports Rath Jatra


Odisha Government Monday said it will endeavor to make necessary arrangements to conduct the Rath Jatra if it is confined to Puri alone in a limited way without public attendance.

Filing affidavit in the Supreme Court of India Odisha Government said as proposed by Gajapati Maharaj of Puri, Chairman of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra, Principal Resident Commissioner IC has filed the Affidavit in the Apex Court.

Earlier Department of Law has issued a Press Note saying the State Government will take favorable action as legally permissible in the Supreme Court when it takes up the application to modify the June 18 order that stayed Ratha Jatra in Puri and across Odisha.

“The State Government will take favourable action 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 hearing before the Hon’ble Supreme Court,” a statement issued by the Law department said.

“It may be noted that the stand of the State Government in the hearing before Hon’ble Supreme Court on 18.06.2020 was primarily related to thousands of Ratha Jatras taking place all over the State,” the statement said while clarifying that the state had no intention to stay the festival in Puri.  

The State Government said that Ratha Jatra involve lakhs of people, and organized almost in every Gram Panchayat of the state. “More than 5 lakh people of Odisha have returned back to the state since May. Most of them are likely to complete their quarantine period by the end of June,” the State said.

This apart, the onset of monsoon has made the Covid pandemic likely to peak in the State in June & July, the state said adding that the pandemic has killed lakhs of people across the globe and so far Odisha has handled the pandemic in an efficient manner with lowest mortality rates in the Country.

The State Government said, meanwhile, the Gajapati Maharaj of Puri who is also the Chairman of the Shree Jagannath Temple Management Committee, has written a letter dated 20 June, 2020 to the State Government, inter alia requesting that the Rath Jatra in Puri may be held without any congregation of general public and with the State Government taking appropriate steps to prevent spread of COVID-19. 
 


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