Jorhat, Oct. 8: The Central Puja Co-ordination Committee in association with the district administration has introduced another award for Puja organisers this year.
The committee and district administration, which have been giving awards in various categories to the organisers every year, added an award for the best social message.
The district has over than 100 Pujas and nearly 75 are organised in and around Jorhat town.
The Central Puja Co-ordination Committee secretary, Sandip Nandy, said the award for best anti-tobacco campaign introduced three years ago received a huge response from the organisers and so a new award for a best social message would be introduced.
Nandy said the committee decided to institute such an award so that the Puja organisers adopt themes on social causes.
“As thousands of people visit the pandals during the Pujas, it is ideal time to propagate social messages, which some of the organisers have been doing. But we want all the Puja organisers to adopt a theme on social issues or additionally arrange awareness on current social topics,” Nandy said.
He said messages on social causes could be on any subject like national integration, peace, environment, health and wildlife.
The secretary said since the past couple of years, the number of awards in various categories had gone up to 10 leading to better management of Pujas.
Nandy said awards are given in categories like discipline, cleanliness, decoration, idol, invitation letter, immersion procession, creative theme and crowd management.
Such awards are given separately to Puja organisers in rural areas, he added.
The district administration has asked the Puja organisers to install safety measures as advised by the administration to be used during any kind of exigency.
Proper lighting, installation of good quality electrical materials, arrange generators, to have adequate number of volunteer, regulate flow of pandal hoppers have been suggested.
Traffic movement will be restricted in most of the roads in the town during the Puja.
Nandy said the committee has requested the district administration and Jorhat Municipal Board to repair all streetlights.