Kolkata: Financial support for Durga Puja groups in West Bengal has been increased to Rs.60,000. In addition to this, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that 60% concession will be given on the electricity bill.
Durga Puja is celebrated every year in West Bengal. Especially in the state capital Kolkata and major cities, huge pandals will be erected and puja and worship will be conducted to the idol of Durga. Various Durga Puja groups work to conduct this 10-day festival.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters yesterday in Kolkata about Durga Puja:
60% discount on electricity bill
Last year the Durga puja groups were given a financial assistance of Rs.50,000 on behalf of the government. This year each group will be given a financial assistance of Rs.60,000 each. In addition, 60% discount on electricity bill will be given. A government holiday will be observed from September 30 to October 10.
Durga Puja is included in UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage events. A grand rally will be held in Kolkata on September 1 to express gratitude. A rally will be held in each district capital on the same day.
Some political parties are criticizing that Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja are not held in West Bengal. Durga Puja is the culture and pride of West Bengal. Durga Puja will be celebrated this year with the whole world looking back. This was said by Chief Minister Mamata.
The ruling Trinamool Congress leaders have been embroiled in various corruption cases, including the teacher appointment scam case. Former minister and senior party leader Partha Chatterjee and others have been arrested.
Political observers have opined that Chief Minister Mamata is using the Durga Puja festival to divert people’s attention from corruption issues.