#Kolkata: The big announcement for the Puja Committees (Durga Puja 2021) in Corona is the state. Like last year, this year also each Pujo Committee will be given Rs. 50,000 (Wb Govt Puja Donation) for the cost of Pujo. This is not the end, all other license costs, including electricity bills, will be waived, said Chief Secretary Harikrishna Dwivedi at a meeting on Netaji Indore Durga Puja guidelines today.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself was responsible for conducting the meeting with the Pujo Committees on Corona Guidelines. It was conceivable that the Chief Minister could give an important message on how it is possible to worship Durga with Corona in mind.
The Chief Minister explained at the beginning of the day that if this meeting had been held after the election, it would have been delayed. Although there are some restrictions to be met if there is an election, he made it clear that he held the meeting with permission. Pujo assures the committees that the message of the state on this day will remain the same as what was done on behalf of the state last year.
The Chief Minister highlighted the statistics and showed that there are about 36,000 big pujas in the entire state. The number of registered clubs in Kolkata is 2500. According to the announcement of the Chief Secretary, all these entrepreneurs will get Rs 50,000 and other benefits.
The request of the Chief Minister is to make the pujo committees smaller and more beautiful. The Chief Minister requested everyone to use masks. He said he would decide in the future whether the carnival would take place or not. At the meeting, Mamata Banerjee suggested that clubs should spread awareness. The Chief Minister informed that if the third wave does not come, this year the puja will be abandoned on 15, 16, 17 October i.e. Ekadashi, Dwadashi and Thirteenth day. The Durgapuja carnival was closed last year. Asked whether it would be re-launched this year, the chief minister said a decision would be taken after a vote considering the situation.
The Chief Minister said, “I consider Durga Puja to be the number one festival in the world. Queens University and IIT Kharagpur surveyed that Durga Puja costs an average of Tk 32,036 crore.” The Chief Minister also praised the pujas of the district. Mamata Banerjee said the police would take extra action to maintain law and order in Pujo. In a word, he played Pujo’s Damamata today.
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