Karnataka Minister of Welfare in Muzrai and Backward Classes Kota Srinivas Poojary has urged Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa to relax the terms of the ban on religious programs amid rising cases of Covid-19.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, Poojary, who is also the minister responsible for the DK, he said that religious events in the coastal districts were severely affected by the ban and called for concessions in the rules.
Poojary said that ‘yakshagana’ performances to fulfill the religious vows of devotees, nemotsavas, the ordination of idols, and brahmakalashotsava have been severely hit because they were not permitted to do them in any symbolic way.
He called on the Prime Minister to extend the concessions for other programs to include religious activities.
The state government banned all religious programs and restricted other private and public celebrations on Saturday after a spike in coronavirus cases.
In the meantime, in accordance with the order of the state government, the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has revoked the permits it had already given to carry out religious programs in the city.
MCC Commissioner Akshy Sridhar said in a press release that those who break the rules will be punished under the Disaster Management Act.