Launch of "Braille Durga Puja Guide for the Blinds" by NIP NGO

NIP an organization that runs computer training centre for the Blinds came up with this unique innovative initiative of launching Durga Puja Guide in ‘Braille’ for the Blinds and organizing ‘Differently Abled and Senior Citizen Friendly Durgotsab Awards’ for the year 2016 today at the Press Conference with 300 Durga Puja Committees held at Rotary Sadan in association with Office of the Commissioner of Disabilities, Dept. of Social Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal; Forum For Durgotsab and Kolkata Sarodotsab Samannay Samity.

The event was graced by the presence of a lot of eminent personalities like: Dr. Smt. Shashi Panja, Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) Department of child Development, Women Development and Social Welfare and Hon'ble Minister of State, Department of Health & Family Welfare. Govt. of W.B.; Smt. Ranu Bhattacharya, Hon'ble Commissioner of Disablity, Govt. of W.B.; Sri Partha Ghosh, President, Forum for Durgotsab along with many others.

Generally, Puja awards are judged on the parameters of glamour, splendour, artwork and visual gimmicks. But now the criterion will be different as it will also be judged on the grounds of facilities they offer to the physically challenged. The basic requirement includes some volunteers to help the physically challenged visitors, a few wheelchairs and ramps at the entry and exit that would help to stroll with ease. Besides, presence of special entry or opening of VIP entrance & exit points and emergency management facilities will also be considered. At the beginning of this Puja season, when everybody desires go with the impeccable mood of celebrations, we have decided to devote our self to support a unique fight for humanity, right & equality to enthral our social commitment. 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.

Speaking about the event, MR. DEBAJYOTI ROY, Secretary, NIP NGO said “Durga Puja is the biggest festival of West Bengal. The people of West Bengal enjoy the festival with great pomp. But in those days people forget about the other part of the society who are differently able and also senior citizens. Do they properly enjoy the biggest festival? No, one differently able person or a senior citizen do not access freely. For their freely access, a few arrangements must be done in the puja pandals. Even in the field of daily living activities, the Braille watch, Braille calculator, Braille thermometer, etc. have been developed with a view to provide independence to the sightless for daily use and now it's time for festive celebrations with Braille Durga Puja Guide.”

Pandal-hopping and viewing the differently decorated deities will not be a far-fetched dream for the differently-abled & senior citizens now and they will be able to visit the crowded pandals. NIP had started its journey with this “Differently Abled & Senior Citizen Friendly Durgotsab Award” since 2010 and this year the puja award would take place in Kolkata and as many as 300 Durga Puja Committees are participating in this race. The judges of the pandals would also comprise Differently-Abled Persons & Senior Citizens along with some volunteers at their service.