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Sharod Shree 2018 Award Winner :

  •  Nuton Bhabnai Nuton Pujo - Chorebagan Sarbojanin Durgotsav Samity
  • Sera Pujo - Tala Park Prottoy


  • Sera Protima - BEHALA NUTAN DAL

  • Sera Protima - 95 pally sarbojanin durgotsab

  • Bhabnai Sera - Dumdum Park Trun Sangha Puja Committee

  • Bhabnai Sera - Kashi Bosh Lane Durga Puja Committee

  • Utkorsotai Sera - CHETLA AGRANI CLUB

    Special Award for Utkorshatai Notun Shilpi :
    Moloy & Subhomoy - Ultadanga Pallyshree
    Manash Das - Behala Natun Sangha
    Debjyoti Jana - Belgachia Sadharan Durgotsab

Smoke Free Durga Puja 2018 - Winner

  • Samajikotai Sera -

    • Kalighat Nepal Bhattacharjee Street

    • Baghajatin B and C Block Durga Puja

  • Bhabnai Sera -

    • Khidderpore Shibtala Amar Sangha

    • Dum Dum Tarun Dal

  • Uddyame Sera -

    • Dum Dum Park Sarbojanin


Award to the Best Smoke-free Durga Puja 2019

Award to the Best Smoke-free Durga Puja 2019 as part of Sharod Shree 2019

organised by UDEAS

Durga Puja is a festival about the triumph of good over evil.
Similarly taking steps in protecting ones health is a triumph of the good.

No smoking is to be allowed in Puja pandals areas. 

Tobacco is harmful

Tobacco is the cause of much death and disease the world over. According to WHO, tobacco use is a risk factor for 6 of the 8 major diseases that cause death across the world. In India there are 274.9 million tobacco users (GATS 2010) and tobacco use is responsible for 10 lakh deaths every year due to cancers, diseases of the heart, lungs etc. These figures are ever-increasing which indicates that in the coming years there will be increased mortality leading to an epidemic. 

Smoking of cigarette, bidi, hookah etc. are harmful both for the smoker and non-smokers around. Second-hand smoke from the smoker leads to passive smoking harming innocent individuals – children, women, old people etc. According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS, 2010), in West Bengal, 49% of the population is exposed to second hand smoke at workplaces and 62% is exposed at home. This indeed is alarming because despite government restrictions by way of a public health law (Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003) it has not translated into health protection. 

Non-smokers must know that they are legally empowered to

ask smokers not to smoke around them while in a 
public place like Puja pandal. 

 Every Puja participating in Sharod Shree 2018 is mandated to abide by the following rules to be considered for the award:

  1. No Smoking of cigarette, bidi, hookah etc. allowed inside Puja Pandal and adjoining areas including Puja office
  2. All entry and exit gates of Puja area must display govt. approved ‘No Smoking’ signage
  3. No display of ashtray, lighter etc. within puja premises or office area
  4. Designate person in charge to address complaints of norms violation
  5. All Puja volunteers to wear specific ‘No Smoking’ badges

However, innovative ways to promote no smoking within the Puja pandal area will be most appreciated.