News Desk, Amar Ujala, Bhopal
Updated Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:29 AM IST
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After the corona virus lockdown, the financial condition of these families is decaying. Nevertheless, these families said to contribute Rs 100 for the puja, but were refused to accept it. Ban on buying and working of these families rationed. Upset by this, he approached the district administration, which has settled the case this week.
On 14 October, local worship organizers ‘Sarvajanik Durga Puja Sansthan’ held a meeting at Lamta village in Balaghat, where it was decided that all 170 families in the village would contribute Rs 200 to the festival. But more than 40 Gond families expressed their inability to pay.
In fact, during the lockdown, people from these families reached the village on foot and did not have money to pay. 26 families eventually contributed to the social pressure. The remaining 14 families offered to pay Rs 100 but it was refused.
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After Durga Puja, another meeting was held on 3 November. In this, the village representatives unanimously issued the ‘Pani-Tanga’ decree, according to which no villager would talk to these 14 families nor visit them. They were not allowed to buy rations and even the village doctor was warned not to treat them.
Dhan Singh Parate, a family member from one of the affected families, said, “My father works at the wood depot, after this decree no one was allowed to work with us.” He told that nobody came close to my father in the depot. Wood logs are heavy and people usually work in groups and carry them but my father was asked to work alone in a corner.
At the same time, when Collector Deepak Arya was contacted in this matter, he said, these families contacted us and we had a meeting with the villagers. They have been warned that if this continues, action will be taken against them. The matter has been resolved and the situation has returned to normal.