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Durga Puja samitis in Steel City violate norms, distribute bhog

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The Times Of India
14th October, 2021 05:00 IST

Jamshedpur: East Singbhum DC Suraj Kumar on Wednesday intervened and stopped bhog distribution mid-way at a puja pandal in Kashidih and asked the organisers to maintain the safety guidelines issued by government for Durga Puja.

The state disaster management department (SDMA) had strictly prohibited the distribution of bhog and allowed for home delivery of bhog as a safety measure in view of Covid-19.

However, at Thakur Pyara Singh Dhurandhar Singh Durga Puja samiti’s pandal, the puja organisers were found distributing bhog among the devotees when the DC, along with a few administrative officials and cops, reached there.

“The puja samiti was distributing bhog, the tokens for which were issued before. Perhaps of some confusion bhog was being distributed among the devotees at that pandal, however, when we pointed out that they were violating the SDMA guideline, the puja samiti rectified it immediately and switched to home delivering the bhog,” Kumar said.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Abhay Singh, who is convenor of the Thakur Pyara puja, came down heavily on the DC for ‘insulting’ the puja samiti for bhog distribution. He said, “Even if there was some issue with bhog distribution, any top administrative official could have informed me over the phone about it and I would have corrected it. Rushing in to the puja pandal in tow with the entire administration team and a police force just to stop bhog distribution is insulting to the samite. That’s just not done.”

At Rankini temple in Kadma, Dhalbhum SDM Sandeep Kumar Meena pulled up the temple managment on seeing long queues of devotees that had arrived at the premises to collect bhog.

The temple committee had sold 2,400 coupons for Rs 150 each for bhog distribution.

Upon the direction of Meena, the temple committee withdrew the coupon scheme and returned the money to the people and agreed to go for home delivery of bhog.

In a separate incident, the New Sidhgora Durga Puja Samiti was asked to remove the dome of the pandal after city SP Subhash Chandra Jat visited the pandal on Tuesday evening and found that the dome was not in compliance with the SDMA guidelines.

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