Bhubaneswar, 8/7 (AO Bureau): This year, the state government is in the final stages of preparing for the Jagannath Mahaprabhu’s famous rath yatra. This was stated at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik today. The Chief Minister thanked everyone for the smooth running of the rath yatra last year and wished the people of Puri, the people of the city, a happy and prosperous life.
At the meeting, Chief Minister Shri Patnaik said that this year, like last year, the world-famous Mahaprabhu’s rath yatra was going to be in an extraordinary situation. Kalia Thakur will be seen all over the world on television and social media. So the policy of the Lord must end in time. In addition, the Covid rule must be followed properly during travel.
Aware of the Covid epidemic, the Chief Minister said that although the second wave of Covid was coming down, the danger was not over yet. The Chief Minister wished Mahaprabhu the blessings of the Lord so that this year the rath yatra would end smoothly.
Joining the meeting, Health and Family Welfare Minister Shri Nab Das said that special arrangements have been made for health care during the rath yatra. “All tests are in place for the service and all concerned officials, including the Covid Test, the vaccination system, the Fast Aid Center, the ambulance, the Medical Aid Post and the Puri General Hospital,” he said. Law Minister Pratap Jena said he hoped the rath yatra would end this year as well as last year. He also hoped that the procession would be well-attended this year.
“All security measures have been taken by the police administration at the meeting,” he said. In his welcome address at the event, the Chief Administrator of the temple informed about all the arrangements made for the rath yatra. The Puri district commissioner offered his thanks.
Chief Minister’s Secretary (5T) Shri V.K. Pandian moderated the discussion.
Chief Secretary to the Government Mr. Suresh Mohapatra and Mr.
PK Jena and key secretaries and secretaries of various departments were present.