Friday, September 18, 2009

Durga Puja committee’s plea to NGOs

SHILLONG, Sept 18: The Central Puja Committee (CPC) has appealed to all NGOs of the State not to call any agitation before and after major pujas or festivals of Hindus as incorporated in the CPC’s festival calendar.

Speaking to newsmen at Shillong Press Club, CPC general secretary JL Das said, “The CPC has made a fervent appeal to all prominent NGOs of the State not to call any agitation during festivals.” He also appealed to them not to do the same in case of other religious faith too.

Das said a meeting was held on September 17 among the senior CPC officials and high-level State Government officials, including deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of different districts. The meeting was convened by the State Chief Secretary. The meeting decided that all possible steps would be taken by State Government, district civil and police administration, CPC and puja committees to ensure a peaceful Durga Puja in the State.

The CPC’s various programmes for this puja festival include a get-together of harmony on September 23 at Rilbong Durga Puja pandal, a puja visit by physically challenged children on September 25, an annual harmony puja visit by social leaders on September 26, SK Das Memorial drum beat competition on September 27 and Dussera (Ravana Badh) celebration on September 28.

The CPC will also conduct an environment-friendly measure where they will conduct a cleaning drive at Wah Umkhrah where immersion is held. This will be held both before and after immersion. THE SENTINEL

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