TURA, Oct 20 - In order to help the needy, the Tura Central Puja Committee has distributed clothes to more than 200 families from within the town since the past few days. These clothes were collected over the past one-and-a-half months from donors.
The Tura Central Puja Committee intends to make the distribution a routine affair from this year onward.
�We began collecting the clothes from the first week of September after an executive meeting. During last year�s flood too, we collected clothes and other items which we distributed all over the region. The fact that it made a difference to people who were in need made us decide to donate more on special occasions,� said Arup Nag, the secretary of the Tura Central Puja Committee.
�Members of our puja committee went to various localities to collect the clothes. We also collected clothes from the Tura Super Market and then began distributing these to families from our office at Nakham Bazaar. Our hope is that we can continue to make a difference to the lives of some people,� said the president of the Tura Central Puja Committee, CB Lamsal.
�We will continue this tradition of cloth distribution even during Christmas and spread the cheer of festivities among the needy. The process of distribution of clothes is going on with more donations coming in every day,� added Lamsal.
This year, all puja committees within Garo Hills have come under the aegis of the Central Puja Committee which is the coordinating agency. The town of Tura will see as many 23 puja pandals (one more than last year), with the immersion of idols scheduled on Friday. Most urban centres of the region including Williamnagar, Baghmara, Phulbari and Mendipathar will celebrate Durga Puja.
�We faced a lot of challenges due to the GHADC elections which came just before the puja. We are hopeful of a peaceful puja,� Nag added.