The Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, chaired the national task force meeting and stressed on the need for all to adhere to sanitary protocol with regard to the forthcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival and the Shri Venkateshwara Pooja 2021, on Tuesday afternoon, in the Lunch Room of the National Assembly in Port Louis.
The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Disaster Risk Management, Dr Mohammad Anwar Husnoo; the Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Alan Ganoo; the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr Renganaden Padayachy; the Minister of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Mr Avinash Teeluck, as well as other personalities were present at the meeting.
Several representatives from Government institutions and socio-cultural associations were present to discuss and share their proposals for the smooth organisation of the festivals.
In a statement, Prime Minister Jugnauth said that Government will consider as far as possible a majority of proposals of the socio-cultural representatives. He expressed his gratitude to the socio-cultural associations for their collaboration during the confinement period and made an appeal to them in creating awareness among the various segments of the population with regard to the respect of sanitary protocols during the celebrations of these two religious festivals.
Mr Jugnauth also highlighted that for this year, the celebrations will not be as similar to those of previous years since the number of devotees allowed to attend prayers is fifty and that same should be strictly adhered by each and everyone.
He recalled that the MoRendezVous application is available to the public to schedule prayers in a more convenient and effective way thereby respecting the COVID-19 sanitary protocol.
Ganesh Chaturthi festival will be celebrated at national level on 11 September 2021, and the Shri Venkateshwara Pooja from 08 September to 15 October 2021.