Panaji: The Goa Forward Party (GFP) has urged Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking relaxation for traditional religious activities under Noise Pollution Rules, beyond 10pm in the State.
In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner, GFP President Vijai Sardesai has brought to the notice about the instances of flying squads stopping Shigmo festivities, in some parts of the State.
Also, ongoing traditional religious activities have attracted action under the Noise Pollution Rules, especially after 10pm from the flying squads”, he said.
“Hence, there is apprehension that religion activities during the ongoing Lenten Season and Easter Vigil Services will also attract similar action,” he said in the letter.
“The Goa Forward Party demands that all traditional religion activities be exempted from the sound ban,” Sardesai said.
Deputy Chief Minister said that the exemption should be applicable to all religions. “We reiterate that these activities in no way disturb or hinder the election process. Hence, they should be exempted and DEOs of North and South Goa as well as flying squads be intimidated accordingly,” he added.