Lucknow : CM Yogi Adityanath has declared public holiday on November 10 and November 19 on the occasion of Chhath Pooja and Kartik Purnima. CM has noted that the devotees in large numbers take part in fairs during the Kartik month, including Chhath Mahaparv.
“In such a situation, systematic arrangements should be made for cleanliness, security, lighting, parking and drinking water on the ghats,” said the CM.
A government spokesman, meanwhile, said that the UP Chief Minister has asked the authorities to make sure that people get permission for organising fairs without any difficulty, as it was an “integral part of our culture and tradition”.
He also mentioned the example of ‘Panchkosi’ and ‘Chaudah Kosi parikrama’, which will begin in Ayodhya from November 14.
“Garhmukteshwar fair will be organised in Hapur, Dev Deepawali in Varanasi on November 19, and Dadri fair in Ballia. Similarly, various fairs are scheduled in Etah, Bareilly, Kanpur and Rae Bareli,” said the spokesman.
In the wake of a dip in temperature, Yogi Adityanath has also directed officials to set up night shelters.
“Very cold weather is expected this year. Nodal officers should be appointed. Police, in association with local municipal bodies, should ensure that not a single person sleeps on footpaths, crossroads or under any statue,” he said.
Last week, Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government announced a public holiday on November 10 on the occasion of Chhath Puja.
“Chhath Puja is an important festival for the people of NCT Delhi. Accordingly, the government of NCT of Delhi has decided to declare 10th November as public holiday on account of Chhath Puja,” read a Delhi government statement.
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