‘Kovid is not over’- Modi government refuses to issue separate guidelines for Chhath Puja in Delhi

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symbolic picture. Women during Chhath Puja. Photo: Praveen Jain. theprint
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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has ruled out the possibility of issuing separate guidelines for Chhath Puja, as requested by the Delhi government, according to ThePrint. The government has said that Kovid-19 advisories are already in place.

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A source in the Union Health Ministry said, “Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are in place for Kovid-19. Kovid guidelines are already present in the states in some form or the other. According to their needs, the states are implementing those guidelines again. So there is no point in issuing fresh SOP for Chhath.

The source further said, ‘There should be no politics in this. Together we are fighting the Kovid-19. COVID is not over yet, and we all need to do our bit.

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Last month, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)—which is headed by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, and has representatives from the UT government—banned the celebration of Chhath Puja in water bodies and other public places due to the pandemic.

The move was criticized by the Delhi BJP and Manoj Tiwari, former president and MP of the party’s Delhi unit, also demonstrated against these directions.

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