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Posted on Sep 25, 03:02PM | IBNS
The National Institute of Professionals (NIP) NGO on Monday announced the launch of a Durga Puja guide in 'Braille' for the blind and the 'Differently Abled and Senior Citizen Friendly Durgotsab Awards' for the year 2012.
At a press conference in Rotary Sadan, NIP said that the initiative has been jointly undertaken by the Forum For Durgotsab, Dept. of Social Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal, Rotary International District 3291 and Public Relations Society of India (PRSI), Kolkata Chapter.
Present in the event were fashion designer Abhishek Dutta, sdinger Lopamudra Mitra, District Governor of Rotary Uttam Ganguly, Asst. Commissioner of Disability Govt.of WB Chittaranjan Bhowmick, actress Chaiti Ghoshal and renowned sarod player Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar along with other dignitaries.
NIP NGO noted, "A blind person has to carefully feel his way to do simple things. In spite of a million difficulties and deprivations, many blind people are fighting it out daily. There are a lot of organisations which are helping the blind in many ways."
Speaking about the event Secretary NIP NGO Debajyoti Roy said, "Blind and visually impaired students of our NGO felt deeply fascinated with this innovative technique of Braille Durga Puja Guide when they realized that they could also go for easy pandal-hopping this year without asking for others support."
"In the year 2010, we had introduced awards for Differently Abled and Senior Citizen Friendly Arrangement on the basis of Entry, Exit, Visits and Crisis Management facilities provided by the Puja Pandals."
"Last year also we were successful in getting 150 Puja Committees under Forum for Durgotsab as our participants and inspired by the positive response of last year, this year also we have triggered off for this socially valuable project," Roy further added.
"It's not only an event. It's not only an award ceremony or launch. Rather, it's a journey with a cordial promise to make a better society."
Asst. Commissioner of Disability, Govt. of West Bengal Chittaranjan Bhowmick said, "Even in the field of daily living activities, the Braille watch, Braille calculator, Braille thermometer, have been developed with a view to providing independence to the sightless for daily use and now it's time for festive celebrations with Braille Durga Puja Guide."
"I feel very proud to be associated with this launch. It's time to salute their life long struggle against biological obstruction and support them to grab the life, light and warmth they deserve. What could be a better option than an access friendly Durga-Puja to bring back the brightest smile on their face."
Speaking on the occasion, District Governor of Rotary International District 3291 Uttam Ganguly said, "On the onset of this festive season, when everybody desires to swing with the impeccable celebratory mood we have decided to devote our self to support a unique fight for humanity, right and equality to enthrall our social commitment."
On this occasion Jt. Secretary Public Relation Society of India, Kolkata Chapter Subhash Mohanti said, "During this ensuing puja Braille Durga Puja Guide is a nice and noble addition to help the Differently Abled Persons to find out the puja committees easily where they can move smoothly to visit the puja pandals and Maa Durga."
The Vice-President of Forum for Durgotsab Partha Ghosh added "175 Durga Puja Committees under Forum for Durgotsab would readily make the necessary arrangements for the Differently Abled and Senior Citizens in this consequent Durga Puja."