NIP NGO – An Education & Cultural Centre for the Blind & other Differently Abled in collaboration with Forum for Durgotsab, Saini International School, Mamta Sumit Binani Foundation, Rotary Club of Calcutta Old City have come up with organizing awards for Puja committees who are taking an endeavor to make their Pandals friendly for Senior Citizens and the Disabled where 250 Durga Puja Committees would be participating for the same. They have also launched Braille Display Stand for the Blinds for three puja pandals – Hazra Park Durgotsab Committee, S B Park and Young Boys Club (Near Chitpur Crossing).
The event was graced by the presence of a lot of eminent personalities like: Sri. Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, Minister of Agriculture, Govt of WB; Sri. Sayan Deb Chatterjee, Joint Secretary of Hazra Park Durgotsab Committee; CS (Dr.) Adv. Mamta Binani, Chief Patron of NIP NGO & President of MSME Development Forum WB; Sri. Tapan Pattanayak, CEO of Saini Group; Sri. Kalyan Bhaumik, Past President of Rotary Club of Calcutta Old City; Sri Sanjay Majumdar, Forum for Durgotsab; Sri. Debajyoti Roy, Secretary of NIP NGO along with many other eminent personalities.
Speaking to the media, CS (Dr.) Adv. Mamta Binani, Chief Patron of NIP NGO & President of MSME Development Forum WB said, “Disability is not an attribute of an individual, but rather a complex collection of conditions, created by the social environment. When People with special needs don’t have to stand in long queues to enter the pandal and have direct access to the Puja premises it would really inspire the differently abled to visit the pandal and participate in the festive fervour. A little thoughtfulness can give an opportunity to people with varying abilities and disabilities to celebrate the festival with the same sense of belongingness and joy. It’s very encouraging to see many puja committees making an effort in this direction and others will soon follow. In today’s world some able people are sometimes more disable by way of their thinking, behaviour and adaptability.”
Speaking about the event, Sri. Sayan Deb Chatterjee, Joint Secretary of Hazra Park Durgotsab Committee said, “At the beginning of this Puja season, when everybody desires to go with the impeccable mood of celebrations, we have decided to devote our self to support a unique fight for humanity, right & equality to enthral our social commitment. Even in the field of daily living activities, the Braille watch, Braille calculator, Braille thermometer, etc. have been developed with a view to provide independence to the sightless for daily use and now it’s time for festive celebrations with Braille Display Stand for the Blinds. It’s not only an event. It’s not only an award ceremony or launch. Rather, it’s a journey with a cordial promise to make a better society.”
Speaking on the occasion Sri. Tapan Pattanayak, CEO of Saini Group said, “Durga Puja is the biggest festival of West Bengal. The people of West Bengal enjoy the festival with great pomp. But people forget about the other part of the society who are differently able and also senior citizens. For their free access, a few arrangements must be done in the puja pandals. We request the Puja Committees to whole-heartedly support us in this mission.”
Background of NIP NGO: (National Institute of Professionals) NIP NGO – An Education & Cultural Centre for the Blind & other Differently Abled. NIP was awarded with the “STATE AWARD” on December 3, 2012. Besides, it has been organizing a number of awareness camps in different parts of Kolkata and other districts of West Bengal. NIP aims towards helping the blind and differently abled in every possible way. It has also been organizing All Bengal Chess Competition and T-20 Cricket Tournament for the blinds, etc.