CHIEF MINISTER Mamata Banerjee on Friday said she will not tolerate trouble mongers during Durga Puja and Moharram — both of which will be observed in October.
“Most people love to live in communal harmony. There are a few who do not like the peace here and want to create some disturbances. I have asked the police to be alert. If there is any genuine case, we will consider it but if we find out that anyone is out to create a communal disturbance, offenders will be dealt with strong hands,” she said.
Mamata, also the state police minister, was speaking at the Investiture Ceremony of the Kolkata Police held at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. Many police officers were also felicitated at the event.
She added that no immersion will take place on October 23 and 24 owing to Moharram. “Immersion can be take place on October 22 and then from October 25 to 2 pm the next day,” said the CM.
Mamata also doled out a number of sops for puja committees. “The Kolkata Municipal Corporation will not charge any taxes for publicity hoardings put up by puja committees. All the big puja committees will help at least five smaller puja organisers in the vicinity with a minimum of Rs 5,000 each. Kolkata Police too will give Rs 5,000 to 20 puja organisers. The KMC will forward an assistance of Rs 10,000 to pujas organised by women,” she said.
Upon requests from puja organisers, who were members of the audience, the CM said state Power Minister Manish Gupta will see to it that no service charge was levied on temporary connections given by CESC to puja organisers. “The CESC, unlike the usual 10 per cent rebate on power charges, will allow a 15 per cent discount,” she added.
At the event, Mamata awarded Rashbehari Das Adhikary and Disaster Management constable Subodh Chandra Roy with ‘Shaurya Padak.’ This year’s ‘Nishtha Padak’ went to Manoj Kumar Das, Shiekh Mohammed Kalimuddin and Partha Chakraborty, while the ‘Prashansa Padak’ went to 20 and 25 police personnel were awarded with the ‘Seva Padak.’
The New Market police station was awarded the best police station award.