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Orissa High Court Rules That It Can’t Direct State Govt. To Extend Financial Assistance To Workers Associated With Durga Puja

Lawstreet Journal 5 Oct 2021 8:19pm

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The Orissa High Court on the 1 October, 2021 said that it can't direct the State Government to separately extend financial relief to workers associated with the Durga Puja festivals and whose livelihood has been affected by the Covid crisis.

A bunch of petitioners, who are office bearers of various Durga Puja committees, in and around Cuttack made two prayers before the court which was being heard by a bench of Chief Justice Dr. S Muralidhar and Justice B.P Routray.

The first prayer was about seeking relaxation in the restrictions placed on the SOPs of the state government, which issued guidelines and instructions for the observance of Durga Puja in the month of October, 2021.

The second prayer concerned with the livelihood of those workers whose livelihood depended on the festival and had been affected by the Covid outbreak. a direction was sought to the State Government to frame a scheme or extend financial assistance to such workers.

With respect to the first prayer, the court in its order dated 17 September, 2021, held that it approved of the SOP formulated by the State and decided against revisiting the issue once again.

As far as the second prayer was concerned, the court noted that:

“Since the restrictions placed by the SOP is in the background of COVID-19 pandemic and since the pandemic has affected a large number of workers in various trades and avocations it is not possible for the Court to direct the State Government to separately provide… Continue Reading...


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