Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday interacted with leaders of different faiths and religions at Chief Minister’s Secretariat in a bid to create more awareness on COVID-19 among the masses.

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, Jamait-Ul-Ulama and other religious organisations of Islam faith attended the interaction session.

CM N Biren Singh during his address said that the government has been putting in all possible efforts to ensure that nobody dies of COVID-19 in the State due to shortage of medicine, oxygen, equipment, or manpower. The Government is also trying hard to effectively implement the SoPs and create as much awareness about the pandemic as possible, he added.

As such, the meeting has been called understanding the roles which religious bodies and leaders can play in sensitizing the public, the Chief Minister contended. They can immensely contribute in educating the masses not only on the importance of following the SoPs but also on the need for early detection of the disease through timely testing. He also observed that such awareness can be spread through churches, mosques and temples.

It was further resolved in the meeting that religious bodies and leaders would take proactive roles in spreading awareness.

Meanwhile, a joint prayer of all religions to seek divine intervention would also be held at the western gate of Kangla at 10am on June 7.

Apart from this, a mass prayer for the people of Christian faith will 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 mass prayer of Sanamahi religion would be announced later.