HC upholds Mamatas Rs 10000 cash grant for Puja organisers

first_imgKolkata: Disposing of the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the state government’s grant to Durga Puja organisers, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday decided not to interfere into the matter as the legislature is the right forum to take decision on the government’s expenditure.With the Court’s direction in this connection, there is no restriction anymore for the state government in giving the grant of Rs 10,000 to each of the Puja organisers. Around 28,000 Puja organisers in the state will be receiving the grant. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Debasish Kar Gupta and Justice Sampa Sarkar has, however, mentioned that the Court can interfere later.It may be mentioned that it was October 5 when the High Court put a stay on the state government’s decision to give the grant to the Durga Puja organisers.Refusal of the High Court to interfere into the matter related to the state government’s grant to Durga Puja organisers and disposal of the PIL, the interim stay on the same gets vacated, allowing the state government to initiate the task of distributing cheques among the Puja organisers. Steps have been taken for the distribution through local police stations. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSources said that steps have been taken on an immediate basis after the High Court’s decision in this connection, so that the grant can be utilised for traffic safety campaigns during the Puja.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that Rs 10,000 will be given to each of the Durga Puja organizers, while addressing a programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Accordingly, the Puja organisers had also planned to campaign in a big way for creating awareness on traffic safety. Now with the Court’s order, the Puja organisers can carry on with their plans for the same.Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, said: “It is not a matter of winning or losing a court case. I thank the Calcutta High Court as the aim of a section of people to restrict the growth of Bengal has not been fulfilled.”last_img

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