Puri, Jul 8 : The review meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, ended with preparations for this year’s declaration. The meeting was attended by Shrimandir Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar, Law Minister Pratap Jena, Minister Sameer Das, Tusharkanti Behera and Planning Board Deputy Chairman Sanjay Dasbarma.
Similarly, Central IG Narasimha Bhol, Puri District Magistrate, SP, including other senior officials were present at the meeting. CM Patnaik emphasized on the need to focus on peacebuilding during this crucial period alongwith seeking the cooperation of all.
Presiding over the preparatory meeting for the July 12 Ratha yatra, Mr.Patnaik thanked all for the hassle free celebration of the Ratha yatra last year.
Mr.Patnaik said like last year this year also the Ratha yatra is going to be celebrated in a very unusual situation.
The entire world,he said, will watch the deities through television and social media. So the rituals of the deities need to be conducted in time.
This apart the covid protocols should be followed during the Ratha yatra strictly, he remarked
Mr Patnaik said though the impact of the second wave of the covid is on declining trend in Odisha still the danger has not yet been fully averted. He sought the blessings of Lord Jaganath for the smooth celebration of the car festival this year.
Speaking on the occasion Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das said arrangement has been made to give priority to health care services during the ratha yatra.
The covid test and vaccination of all servitors and officials deployed for the ratha yatra will be carried out. The first aid centres, ambulance, Medical Aid Post, and arrangements would be made in the Puri District head quarter hospital to meet any emergencies.
Odisha DGP Abhay said a full proof security arrangement has been made for the smooth celebration of the ratha yatra in Puri this year.
After the meeting, Minister Pratap Jena informed that like last year this time also Rath Yatra will be celebrated sans devotees. All of them will be able to witness the programmes live on television and webcasts.