The Telegraph
Wednesday , August 6 , 2014
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Wanted: volunteers for Pujas

- This year, steel city pandal count to touch 300

With less than two months left for the annual festivities, Jamshedpur Kendriya Durga Puja Samity, the apex committee that coordinates celebrations in the steel city, has started making plans.

This time, the number of puja pandals is expected to touch 300. Last year, there were 295 pujas, but with more apartments and housing societies coming up, it is but natural that there are more people who are ready to join in the biggest celebration of Jamshedpur.

According to the president of the samity, Tarachand Mohanty, three new committees have sought to register themselves. Like last year, the samity will continue their “save the girl child” campaign, titled, Beti Bachao Abhiyan, but the initiative will be re-designed to attract visitors to pandals.

For one, the samity has decided to rework the campaign posters that are put up at pandals and on trucks during immersion. The slogans and design would be updated.

“Since we worship Goddess Durga, this social responsibility of saving the girl child comes naturally. The posters speak against the practice of sex determination,” said Rambabu Singh, the general secretary of the samity.

The samity will release a souvenir to commemorate 90 years of service to the city.

Core committee members have also recruited youngsters to help out. Mohanty said it was time that young people took the initiative from now on.

“It is very difficult to get people to work for a cause, especially youngsters. We have done selfless service and now we need more volunteers. We have 35 new members who are willing to work but we will be happy to have more. We also encourage participation from women,” he said.

Apart from the new pandals, there will be a number of social activities centred around the Pujas.