IMPHAL: Under the initiative of the founder of Change for Better Manipur (CFBM) Dimbeshwor Sharma, materials namely infra-thermometer laser gun, masks, hand wash, hand gloves, hand sanitizer, floor cleaner were donated at Shree Shree Govindaji Temple and ISKCON Mani Mandir on Saturday, as well an awareness programme was held on what kind of precautions should be taken up in different religious places related to Covid-19 pandemic.
The main topics discussed during the awareness programme were about the precautions and guidelines in order to protect from Covid-19 as given by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for different religious places.
Mention may be made that an order was issued on June 8, 2020 by the Centre that religious places can be opened but as of now there is no such relaxation in Manipur.
During the awareness programme, the resource persons/officials reminded authority of the temple about the various guidelines given by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the temple. It is said that before entering the religious place, the individuals/persons have to keep their shoes inside their vehicles or bags, water and soap are to be made available in front of the temple for washing feet and hands, using of sanitizers, checking temperature by Infra-Thermometer Laser Gun before entering the temple at the gate, if the individuals have fever no permit to enter inside the temple is to be given, if authority or officials of the temple are to refuse any individuals from entering the temple, respectable words instead of slangs are to be used to the individuals and try to convince them in a good way, not to allow the entry to the to any individual without wearing mask, maintaining social distancing during prayers inside the temple, not to face each other while singing, using different seats (mat) and cleaning the place using disinfectant after the prayer.
During the awareness programme, it was appealed to all priests/authority of the temple working inside the temple to maintain and follow the guidelines of the Government. The CFBM also appealed to other religious places to keep an infra-thermometer for their usage and to take up various precautionary measures.
On the other hand, the Border Trade and Chamber of Commerce Moreh distributed Covid-19 pandemic materials like masks, sanitizers and hand gloves to the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Tengnoupal district and 20th Assam Rifles.