Behrampore, Sept. 15: Round the year, they work in a soft drink godown and a catering agency in their spare time to pool in funds for their club’s Durga puja.
They do the odd jobs before or after their normal work.
They don’t collect subscriptions from residents as most people in the neighbourhood are poor.
A group of men in Murshidabad’s Behrampore who are by profession fishermen, carpenters or shop employees get up early or put in the extra hours at night to work as labourers in the soft drink godown and serve guests at social events for a catering agency to raise money for the puja.
This year, the members of Aamra Kojon have raised half of their budget of Rs 7 lakh. They hope to get the rest through advertisements.
“We have been organising the puja like this for the past 19 years,” said Biswatosh Pandey, the secretary of the club in Behrampore town.
This time, the club is building the pandal in the likeness of Victoria Memorial Hall.
According to Pandey, a former Congress councillor of Behrampore municipality, more than 60 per cent of the puja funds come from the club members.
The community puja organised by the club, which has over 70 members, has blurred political lines. While the Congress leader is the club secretary, CPM member Kolasish Mishra is the treasurer.
Shubho Mondal, a club member who is a fisherman by profession, said: “We catch fish from early in the morning. After 7am, we work at the godown. We go fishing again in the afternoon and work at the godown in the evening. Whatever we earn working in the godown and the catering agency is kept aside for the puja.”