Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Nov 16: With the Jharkhand government banning Chhat rituals at river, dams, pond banks, Jugsalai legislator and JMM executive Mangal Kalindi said that artificial ponds would be made in different localities and prayers could be conducted at these places by community devotees. He said “I myself perform Chhat prayers and rituals and because of this I have been made a legislator. Chhat will be definitely performed as it is a mega Indian festival.”
Supporting the government directives, Kalindi said that the new protocols for Chhat observance had been promulgated to ensure that devotees did not fall prey to coronavirus infection. “At community worship pl;aces like river, pond and dam banks, a large number of devotees from various localities would be offering prayers to the sun and it would be difficult to distinguish between infected persons and those who are not. Chances of infection spreading cannot be ruled out under the circumstances and so te overnment has implemented the norms that are aimed at protecting the health of devotees in particular and the communities in general,” he said.
Kalindi also said that while offering prayers at artificial water bodies in different community localities, people usually knew one another and as such chances of COVID infection ought to be negated. He informed that he would speak to the state Chief Minister on this issue.
The Jugsalai legislator who is also the chief patron of Kendriya Chhat Puja Ayojan Samiti stated that it was imperative that people took absolute protection from COVID infection. He said, “Senior Minister Haji Hussain Ansari succumbed to coronavirus infection. Minister Jagarnath Mahto had to undergo lung transplant due to the infection. As such, we will not do anything that will have disastrous community effect.”