Imphal: In an attempt to seek divine intervention to end COVID-19 and save everyone from the pandemic, religious communities would hold a joint prayer of all religions in Manipur on June 7 in Imphal. 

This was decided on Wednesday during an interaction between Chief Minister N Biren Singh with leaders of different religious organisations to create more awareness about COVID-19 among the masses at CM’s secretariat.

The meeting resolved that as there is a need for a joint effort. Religious bodies and leaders should take proactive roles in spreading awareness. The joint prayer meeting would be held at the western gate of Kangla Fort in Imphal at 10 am.

Apart from this, a mass prayer for the people of the Christian faith would be held across the state on June 6. Similarly, mass prayer for Muslims and Hindus would be held on June 4, while the date for the mass prayer of the Sanamahi religion would be announced later.

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While interacting with the leaders, CM Singh said the government is making all possible efforts to ensure that nobody dies of COVID-19 in the state due to a shortage of medicine, oxygen, equipment, manpower, etc. The government is trying hard to effectively implement the SoPs and create as much awareness about the pandemic as possible.

As such, the meeting has been called to understand the roles that religious bodies and leaders can play in sensitising the public, Singh added. 

They could contribute immensely towards educating the masses not only about the importance of following the SoPs but also on the need for early detection of the disease through testing and early medication through vaccination, added CM Biren Singh.

Singh also observed that such awareness could be spread through churches, mosques and temples.

Public Health Engineering minister L Dikho, CAF and PD minister Th Satyabrata, MP Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba, representatives from All Manipur Christian Organization, Sanamahi Temple Board, All Manipur Catholic Union, Govindajee Temple Board, Diocesan Social Service Society, Jamiat-Ul-Ulama and other religious organisations from the Islamic faith attended the interaction session.

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