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Religious institutions and places of worship to remain closed till June 30: Arunachal government

Arunachal Pradesh secretary health and family welfare, P Parthiban stated, “In the interest of public and invoking of the Arunachal Pradesh Epidemic Disease (Prevention of COVID-19) Regulation, 2020 all religious institutions/places of worship shall remain closed toll June 30, 2020.”

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Last Updated: Jun 06, 2020, 11.23 PM IST
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Guwahati: Arunachal Pradesh government has announced that owing to COVID-19 pandemic religious institutions and places of worship will remain closed till June 30.

Union Home Ministry has decided that places of worship and religious places will be permitted to open June 8 onwards.

Arunachal Pradesh secretary health and family welfare, P Parthiban stated, “In the interest of public and invoking of the Arunachal Pradesh Epidemic Disease (Prevention of COVID-19) Regulation, 2020 all religious institutions/places of worship shall remain closed toll June 30, 2020.”

Meanwhile NGO, Rights and Risks Analysis Group has taken exception to reported statement from All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) stating the Covid-19 positive cases of Changlang district, particularly those from the Chakma community cannot be included in the state’s tally as the Chakmas are not Arunachalees.

Suhas Chakma, Director, Rights and Risks Analysis Group today stated, “There is no word called “Arunachalese” in the constitution of India which defines people of Arunachal Pradesh into Schedule Tribes and non-tribals. The Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh, in particular, those infected by COVID-19 were born in Arunchal Pradesh and they are citizens of India by birth from Arunachal Pradesh as per Section 3 of the Citizenship Act and they have been exercising the right to franchise in the elections.”

He added,"Rather, by the illogical definition of the AAPSU, about 3,84,435 non-tribals as per 2011 census and all the Indian soldiers serving in Arunachal Pradesh including in Indo-China borders also cannot be counted in Arunachal Pradesh in case of infections. People should grow up and talk sense as without including in the list, no State can tackle the COVID-19 through many Chakmas would welcome any opportunity to be directly governed by the Central Government.”
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