Use Puja grant on Covid equipment public police bonding Calcutta HC

  • | Saturday | 17th October, 2020

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court directed the community Durga Puja organisers in the state on Friday to spend 75 percent of the Rs 50,000 grant given by the West Bengal government on the procurement of Covid protection equipment and the rest on strengthening public-police bonding. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced on September 24 the Rs 50,000 grant for each of the 36,946 Durga Puja committees in the state. We have decided to provide Rs 50,000 grant to each of the Durga Puja committees," she had said addressing a Durga Puja Coordination meeting here. During arguments, the state government told the court that the grant is for "secular purposes" like buying Covid safety equipment and for public-police bonding. The court directed that 25 percent of the Rs 50,000 grant to each of the committees will be used for strengthening public-police bonding and inclusion of more women in community policing.

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