It’s the sea­son to light up lives of less priv­i­leged

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KHARGHAR: This Di­wali was in­deed a fes­ti­val of hope for wid­ows in Kharghar as the gram pan­chayat dis­trib­uted Rs10,000 as Di­wali gift to those wid­ows fac­ing tough times.

The dis­tri­bu­tion took place ear­lier this week at a func­tion held at the com­mu­nity cen­tre in Ko­pra vil­lage.

Around 303 women in Kharghar will ben­e­fit from the de­ci­sion and the amount is be­ing dis­bursed through the women and child wel­fare fund scheme.

Speak­ing at the func­tion, the chief guest, Peas­ants and Work­ers Party dis­trict sec­re­tary Balaram Patil said, “This de­ci­sion by Kharghar gram pan­chayat will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of th­ese women and will set an ex­am­ple for oth­ers to fol­low.”

“Af­ter the shock of hus­band’s death, women are not pre­pared for the world. They also find it dif­fi­cult to cater to the fam­ily’s needs, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing fes­ti­vals,” said Kharghar pan­chayat samiti sarpanch An­jani Thakur.

“We are hop­ing that this amount will take care of the ba­sic needs of the fam­i­lies of the widow dur­ing this fes­ti­val pe­riod at least,” said Thakur.

“This has come as a wind­fall for us. It is a strug­gle for us to take care of the fam­ily on our own. We are thank­ful to the pan­chayat,” said a re­cip­i­ent of the grant, on con­di­tions of anonymity.

In an­other in­stance, city po­lice sta­tions wear a clean and dec­o­rated look this Di­wali as stu­dents of SIES Col­lege of arts, science and commerce in Nerul cleaned the sta­tions on Wed­nes­day evening on the oc­ca­sion of Laxmi pu­jan.

The stu­dents cleaned and dec­o­rated the premises with ran­goli. They also lighted diyas at the CBD Be­la­pur, Vashi and Nerul po­lice sta­tions.

The ini­tia­tive was a preevent for the two-day inter-col­le­giate cul­tural fes­ti­val of the col­lege to be held on Jan­uary 29 and 30 next year.

“As part of our cul­tural fes­ti­val, we re­alise our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and de­liver upon them,” said Purti Prad­han, who han­dles pub­lic re­la­tion of the fes­ti­val.

“Even as we cel­e­brate Di­wali with our fam­i­lies and loved ones, the po­lice of­fi­cers are out there pro­tect­ing us,” said Prad­han. “Our ini­tia­tive is a ges­ture of grat­i­tude to those who pro­tect us.”

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

1. Devo­tees light lamps at Am­bika Mata tem­ple in Ul­has­na­gar on Wed­nes­day.

PRA­FUL GANGURDE

4 4. A girl plays with sparklers at Var­tak Na­gar, Thane.

2. Stu­dents of Nerul’s SIES Col­lege give Vashi po­lice­men a Di­wali gift by clean­ing the po­lice sta­tion premises.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

3. Stu­dents dec­o­rate Vashi po­lice sta­tion.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

5. Res­i­dents light diyas at Go­vard­han­nathji Haveli, Vashi.

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