UP govt to take decision on yatra after talking to Kanwar associations | India News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Hours after the Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to reconsider its decision to hold the Kanwar Yatra scheduled to begin from July 25, the government maintained that “if” the yatra took place, it would happen in accordance with Covid-19 protocols and “with the consent of Kanwar associations”.
The court had taken suo motu cognisance of the matter and served a notice on the Centre and the state governments of UP and Uttarakhand. While the Uttarakhand government has already cancelled the yatra, the court asked the UP government to reconsider its decision and inform it by Monday.
A government spokesperson said that chief minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the administration to speak with Kanwar associations and discuss the matter so that a decision could be taken on holding the yatra.
“The CM has also instructed the additional chief secretary (home) and the DGP to contact other states on what they are planning to do with regard to the yatra. The government is putting in all efforts to make sure that religious sentiments are not hurt and devotees who participate in the traditional journey can also be protected amid the pandemic,” the spokesperson said.
He added that in order to hold the yatra safely, the government had already taken several steps with the CM directly monitoring the arrangements. “Necessary guidelines have been issued to the administration regarding the smooth conduct of the yatra, from sanitation to security, arrangement of medical equipment at camps etc,” the spokesperson added.
Last year, the UP and Uttarakhand governments had taken a joint decision to cancel the Kanwar Yatra but this year, citing the low rate of Covid infection in the state, UP government had started making arrangements for the yatra. However, facing flak for the Kumbh Mela held during the second wave and the court directing it to cancel the Char Dham yatra, Uttarakhand decided to keep the kanwar yatra under suspension.
Last week, the UP CM requested the state’s new CM to allow kanwars from UP to visit Haridwar for collecting Ganga Jal but last Tuesday, Uttarakhand declared that it would not lift its ban.

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