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SC seeks reply from Uttar Pradesh govt for allowing Kanwar Yatra amid COVID-19 threat

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At a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise in several parts of the world and experts have warned of an “inevitable” third wave, the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to allow Kanwar Yatra from next week has irked the Supreme Court. The top court has initiated a proceeding on the issue and has sought a reply from the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government in this regard.

A division bench of Justice RF Nariman and Justice BR Gavai said the citizens were completely baffled by the decision of the state government to allow the yatra at a time when medical experts and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have warned against large gatherings and people not following COVID-appropriate behaviour. A notice has been also issued to the Union government and Uttarakhand that has cancelled the yatra after the Kumbh experience.

What the court said

The Supreme Court bench said, “We read something disturbing today that Uttar Pradesh has chosen to continue with the Kanwar Yatra while Uttarakhand, with hindsight of experience, has said there will be no yatra. We wish to know the stand of the respective governments. The citizens of India are completely perplexed. They do not know what is going on. And all this as the PM, when asked about the third wave of Covid, said we cannot compromise even one bit.”

Since the Kanwar Yatra is set to begin from July 25, the Supreme Court said that it wants the state governments and the Centre to file their responses early and that the matter would be taken up for hearing on Friday.

Uttar Pradesh govt allowed yatra

The UP government on Tuesday said that it could allow the yatra from July 25, albeit with restrictions such as minimum number of people, COVID-appropriate behaviour, and if required, a negative RT-PCR test will be also made mandatory. The Uttarakhand government, however, walked the other way and cancelled the yatra in the state. While announcing the decision, newly appointed Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said even the Gods will not want people to die.

 

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