Obligatory detrimental Covid report for entry to Kumbh Mela: HC
Providing a significant setback to the plan of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat totally free entry for pilgrims to Kumbh Mela, the Uttarakhand Excessive Court docket on Wednesday adopted a strict directive in Nainital.
The Excessive Court docket restricted participation in Kumbh to worshipers with solely detrimental studies on Covid-19. The Excessive Court docket requested the state authorities to strictly observe the Customary Working Procedures (SOPs) for Kumbh issued by the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare (Authorities of India).
The courtroom known as Chief Minister Tirath Rawat’s resolution “unhealthy” to permit free entry for pilgrims to Kumbh. Passing an order on a filed PIL, the Excessive Court docket supplied some reduction to pilgrims who acquired the Covid-19 vaccination. Pilgrims might be allowed to enter the Kumbh Mela given that they current their vaccination certificates.
The SOP launched by the central authorities makes it clear that guests with a detrimental Covid-19 report, made 72 hours earlier than the date of the go to, will solely be allowed to enter the Kumbh Mela space.
Rajesh Bhushan, Union Secretary, Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare not too long ago wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand strongly highlighting the considerations raised by the high-level central crew throughout its go to to Uttarakhand and the necessity to take strict measures to manage the unfold of Covid19 throughout Kumbh Mela.
A high-level central crew led by the NCDC director who not too long ago visited Uttarakhand, fears a possible upsurge in instances among the many native inhabitants after Shahi Snan’s auspicious days throughout the Kumbh Mela.