The Supreme Court has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to reconsider its decision to allow the Kanwar Yatra amid the pandemic.
States must not allow the movement of devotees undertaking the ‘Kanwar yatra’ due to the pandemic situation, the Centre told the Supreme Court today during a hearing on the matter. Instead, states should develop a system to make the holy water from Ganga available to the devotees through tankers, it said.
“This is an age-old custom and considering religious sentiments, states must develop a system to make holy Gangajal available through tankers. States must ensure distribution of Gangajal amongst devotees should follow social distancing, adhering to all protocols,” it said.
Supreme Court further says it is of prima facie view that “it concerns all of us & is at the heart of the fundamental right to life. The health of citizens of India & right to life is paramount, all other sentiments whether being religious is subservient to this basic fundamental right.”
While hearing the matter, the SC asked the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise the court about its decision on July 19 , otherwise, it will pass an order ,