Durgapur News Desk, 09 October 2016: As many as 40 elderly men and women from the underprivileged sections of the society joined in the festive cheer as they were taken for a free ride around the landmark “Durga Puja Pandals” of the city of Durgapur on ‘Mahaspatami morning. Thanks to the initiative by “Durgapur Adda Young Association”, the social welfare wing of the Durgapur news portal www.durgapuradda.com.
These elderly citizens, aged between 55 and 80 years, were taken for the “Pujo Porikroma” around the city from the award winning Marconi Dakkhinpally to Fuljhore; covering as many as 9 popular Durga Pujas of the Durgapur city.
Most of these elderly people are the most neglected in an already economically weak family. Getting a chance of witnessing all the best and popular pujas of the town seems to have made their day. Faces beaming with joy after seeing the intricate designs of the Durga Puja pandals and the artistry of the idols, was a sight that gave even the organizers a rare gift this Durga Puja.
Sujata Ghosh (67) recalled that the last time she went pandal hopping was around 20 years back.
The spirit of joie de vivre was expressed by 72-year-old Amal Mandy.
In its continuing effort of standing by the underprivileged section of the society, Durgapur Adda Young Association took up this human initiative so that these elderly people feel privileged. A luxury bus was hired by the organizers for the “Pujo Porikroma”. Lunch was also arranged for these old-aged citizens who need utmost care and tenderness and not indifference and neglect.
Durgapur Adda Young Association president, Dr. Samir Ranjan Bhowmik said that in future also they will continue to work among the lesser privileged. He however expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that none of the organizers of the 9 popular Durga Puja pandals which these elderly people visited took any measures from their own to make these people comfortable, neither were they offered any special treatment.