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  • Sunday, December, 2020| Today's Market | Current Time: 03:34:34
  • by Anup Biswas

    Haflong : The Deputy Comissioner, Dima Hasao, Paul Barua briefed the media persons about the set of standard operating system for the ensuing Durga puja, urging people to follow the guidelines to keep at check spreading of Covid-19 in Dima Hasao district.

    As per the guidelines issued by the Health & Family welfare department, the citizens, organizers and the administration are to strictly follow the health and safety norms in accordance to the protocols during the pandemic. Covid-19 test is made mandatory for the Puja organizers and priests before puja starts on Panchami day and after immersion on Ekadasi.

    As informed by the DC, the organizers are to ensure separate entry and exit at a spacious open pandal with adequate space for arrangement of physical distancing of at least one meter distance. Management is to take measures to avoid crowding at all costs and not more than 10 to 30 persons can aggregate at a time depending on size of the pandal. Proper use of mask is mandatory for all pandal visitors and hand sanitizer is to be kept at the entry gate and exit gate of puja pandal. The pandal is to be sanitized twice in a day, once in the morning and evening along with nearby areas. 

    In-order to avoid devotees get close to the priest for offering anjali, microphone must be used, devotees should bring flowers from home to avoid congestion at the flower distribution and collection point during offering of anjali. No distribution of Prasad in the pandal or community feasting is allowed, packet distribution of Prasad maybe done. 

    DC further elaborated that all puja pandals must be closed for the devotees at 10:00 P.M. and pillion riding with women or child below 15 years only is allowed. Oraganising cultural program before, during and after puja days is restricted. There is also restriction on organising mela, fairs, setting up food stall, road side food stall/ temporary restaurant etc to avoid crowding. Restaurants are to close by 9:00 P.M. Emphasis on print and electronic media has also been stated so as to optimize generation of mass awareness. Low profile inauguration of pandal and immersion of idol with proper plan is to be done in coordination with the district administration. 

    Further, Deputy Commissioner has earlier issued an order regarding shifting of immersion of idol  at Diyung river from Haflong lake considering convenience and smooth conduct of the event.