Alokananda Roy at Announcement of “6th Year of Differently Abled & Senior Citizen Friendly Durgotsab Award 2016”



Durga Puja is the time for spreading cheer and happiness not only in our lives but also in the lives of the differently abled and the senior citizens too. Keeping this in mind, NIP NGO, an organization that runs computer training centre for the Blinds came up with this unique innovative initiative introducing ‘6th Year of Differently Abled and Senior Citizen Friendly Durgotsab Awards’ for the year 2016.

The event was graced by eminent personalities like Alokananda Roy, Pradip Ghosh, Organiser of Santosh Mitra Square, Mr. Partha Ghosh, President of Forum for Durgotsab and many others.


Generally, Puja awards are judged on the parameters of glamour, splendour, artwork and visual gimmicks. But now the criterion will be different as it will also be judged on the grounds of facilities they offer to the physically challenged. The basic requirement includes some volunteers to help the physically challenged visitors, a few wheelchairs and ramps at the entry and exit that would help to stroll with ease. Besides, presence of special entry or opening of VIP entrance and exit points and emergency management facilities will also be considered.

NIP had started its journey with this “Differently Abled & Senior Citizen Friendly Durgotsab Award” since 2010 and this year as many as 230 Durga Puja Committees are participating in this contest. The judges of the pandals would also comprise Differently-Abled Persons and senior citizens along with some volunteers at their service.

Priyanka Dutta

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