Govt Warns Against Public Gatherings In Ramzan

Seeks Help Of Religious Leaders In Combating Covid-19 Pandemic

Advisor Baseer Khan interacting with religious leaders, Imams and Khateebs in Srinagar

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday sought help from religious leaders in a bid to prevent public gatherings in the holy month of Ramzan in the Valley amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a meeting held today, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan urged religious leaders, Imams and Khateebs of prominent mosques to use their influence in the society and spread awareness about observing the social distancing norms to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, an official spokesperson said.

Khan said it was the responsibility of every section of the society to adhere to the advisory of the Health Department to pray at home during the holy month of Ramzan.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, CEO Wakaf Board, Secretary WAKAF Board, Joint Director Information Kashmir and various prominent religious leaders attended the meeting.

As per the official spokesperson, the Advisor said that the government alone cannot fight the emerging situation unless public cooperates with the administration in its efforts to prevent and contain this pandemic.

“He said that religious leaders have a crucial role to play in order to bring about a positive behavioural change with regard to the significance of maintaining social and physical distancing during this crisis,” the spokesperson said.

He further said that the religious leaders assured their full support to the administration and unanimously resolved not to hold social and religious gatherings till the advisories are in place.

“They said that religious places have been closed to avoid any mass gathering,” the official spokesperson said.

The Religious leaders, according to the spokesperson also highlighted issues demanding regular supply of electricity during the holy month of Ramadhan, home delivery of essential commodities in vulnerable areas and reaching out to the people who are in need of essential supplies.

“The Advisor assured them that there will be no power curtailments during Sehri and Iftaar hours and the government would leave no stone unturned to reach out to the last person,” the spokesperson said.

“He asked all concerned to ensure there is no public gathering at any religious place and directed taking strict action against people who are found violating the norms to prevent the transmission of COVID-19,” he added.

The Advisor also asked Wakaf Board that they may also carry out inspections to report any violation to the Divisional administration.

Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K. Pole also asked the religious leaders to spread awareness in the community and said that the concerned departments would share advisory with the general public on important matters of public health, the official spokesperson said.

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