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Government of Odisha issued new guidelines for strict adherence by public during celebration of religious festivals

Bhubaneswar: 12/1/22:With the surge of Covid-19 cases, the Special Relief Commissioner on Wednesday issued new guidelines for strict adherence by public during observance/celebration of religious festivals and rituals.

District Collectors, SPs, Police Commissioner of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar and Commissioners of all Municipal Corporations have been instructed to ensure that the stipulations have flowed in a strict manner.

As per the guidelines, congregations at river banks/ ghats/ ponds/ seashore or near other water bodies to take bath is strictly prohibited.

Organisation of melas and other religious congregations/celebrations are not allowed.

Religious rituals are allowed in religious places/ places of worship with bare minimum priests/ servitors and staff.

People are advised to perform the rituals/puja at their homes with family members only avoiding mass gatherings and adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols such as physical distancing, use of face mask/ covering, and handwashing/ hand sanitizer.

If required, considering local conditions, appropriate restrictions may be imposed on entry of devotees into churches/ temples/ mosques/ religious places/ places of worship and in the celebrations in churches/ temples/mosques/ religious places/places of worship.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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