Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday participated in an interfaith prayer held under his supervision to seek divine healing and protection from coronavirus at the western gate of sacred Kangla Fort in Imphal.
The prayer meeting was held amid the state battling the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic along with the rest of the country.
Taking to his Twitter handle, the chief minister said: “It gives me immense pleasure to have the religious leaders of all the communities at a joint prayer session today.”
“Coming together unitedly, each religious leader prayed for the almighty’s divine intervention and blessings to relieve us from the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CM Biren Singh.
“I’m grateful that, during these unprecedented challenging times, the religious leaders have started taking up a key responsibility to sensitize the public on the COVID-19 pandemic even further,” he added.
Archbishop of Imphal Most Rev Dominic Lumon and priests from Shree Shree Govindaji Temple Board, All Manipur Christian Organisation, Jamiat-Ul-Ulema, Lainingthou Sanamahi Temple Board, Tingkao Ragwang Chapriak, Giani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Shree Digambar Jain Samaj and Kabui Poupei Chapriak Fom prayed to the almighty for healing and protection of the state and the world from COVID-19.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that people usually pray to the almighty for his blessings when they go through hard times as it gives them mental peace and hope.
Stating that the world has been badly affected by the pandemic and Manipur is no exception, CM Singh said that the total number of deaths in the state is now over 800 and the number of active cases has also already crossed the 9,000-mark.
As such, the chief minister said, he felt the necessity of an interfaith prayer for all religions as it would bring unity and oneness amongst different communities to jointly fight the pandemic with spiritual strength.
Stating that the high number of daily positive cases was due to an increase in testing capacity, Singh said that 8,000 to 9,000 samples are tested daily and the positivity rate has reduced to around 8 per cent while the mortality rate is also steadily coming down.
Regarding the unwanted incident that happened a few days ago in the ICU Ward of JNIMS Hospital in Imphal, the chief minister said that such misunderstanding and miscommunication between hospital staff and patient parties happen sometimes even during normal days. However, the matter is being investigated so that such incidents do not recur in the future, he added.
Forest, environment and climate change minister Awangbow Newmai, education minister S Rajen, TA and Hills minister Vungzagin Valte, CAF and PD minister Th Satyabrata, MPs Maharaj Sanajaoba Leishemba, Dr RK Ranjan and different MLAs also took part in the prayer session organised with strict adherence to the SOP of COVID-19.
The prayer programme began with a one-minute silence in remembrance of all those who have died due to the pandemic.