Bengal CM Mamata Announces Rs 60,000 for Durga Puja Committees, Faces 3 PILs Against Her Decision to ‘Donate’

Final Up to date: August 26, 2022, 00:17 IST

This yr, Durga Puja has been listed as a heritage website by the UNESCO. (Picture: PTI/File)

The West Bengal CM held a gathering with the puja organisers on August 22 and mentioned there will likely be a reduction on the electrical energy invoice throughout this yr’s puja

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee introduced Rs 60,000 every to 43,000 Durga Puja committees within the state. However quickly after the announcement, three PILs have been filed towards her determination.

The chief minister held a gathering with the puja organisers on the Netaji Indoor Stadium on August 22 and mentioned there will likely be a reduction on the electrical energy invoice throughout this yr’s puja. The Kolkata and the state electrical energy boards have been requested to present a 60 per cent low cost on payments to puja committees. This time, Durga Puja has been listed as a heritage website by the UNESCO.

Petitioner Subir Kumar Ghosh appealed to the courtroom asking the federal government to withdraw the grant. On this identical context, one other PIL was registered on Wednesday and Thursday. A query as to why donations are being given to pujas as a substitute of paying dearness allowance (DA) to authorities staff was raised following the courtroom order. The litigant additionally questioned why the low cost is given on the electrical energy invoice. The potential listening to date of this case is on Friday. The PILs additionally said that the place many individuals have been nonetheless not getting meals, clear water, electrical energy, and medication, donation was a luxurious.

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