Aims and objectives of the London Durga Puja Dussehra Committee, Camden
1. To promote Bengali culture and heritage in the UK
2. To increase awareness of cultural, religious and social values in people belonging to the Bengali Community in and around London
3. To impart feeling of love, mutual respect and universal fraternity among people through different Hindu religious festivals.
London Durga Puja Dusserah Committee is happy to be associated with DNGM Research Foundation.
DNGM Research Foundation is a registered Trust created on 20th September, 1999 for Medical Research and social activity by Dr D. N. Guha Mazumder in accordance with Indian Trust Act, 1982.
Arsenic Problem in West Bengal
Arsenic contamination of ground water has been reported from Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, North & South 24 Parganas, Burdwan, Hoogly, Howrah and Kolkata. Seventy nine blocks of nine districts of West Bengal are affected with the arsenic problem. It is suspected that 6 million people are exposed to arsenic contaminated water (>50g/l) (IARC 2004). Earliest report of arsenic related health problem in West Bengal has been published from School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata.
DNGM Research Foundation is organizing regular health Camps as a part of social activity program at villages in Sunderban area of West Bengal. The Foundation has been running two health camps at Ramchandrakhali and Masjidbari villages, Basanti Block in Sunderban area, South 24 Parganas,West Bengal.
London Durga Puja Dusserah Committee is committed towards the social cause of the socio-economic health of
the traditional handloom weavers of Bengal
Dhanekhali Handloom Industry of West Bengal enjoys a prominent place in the handloom map of rural India.
The place has lent its name to the cotton weaved tant sari it produces. But recently due to various reasons, it is
losing its importance. The charity aims to address these reasons by investigating the socio-economic
conditions and problems of the weavers and analysing the overall nature, production method and structure of
the regional weaving co-operative society. Both pre and post-field studies, including the collection of primary
and secondary data from the Dhanekhali Community Development Block and different co-operative staff are
carried out to unearth the root cause of the problem and to perceive the impact on the socio-economic health of
the weaving community. It is found that the industry is dominated by the male workers with very low educational
profile. Income is paltry and that too in an irregular way, waxing and waning with the number of product
output. This poor financial condition of the weavers finds its mark on the dismal condition of the whole industry.
The situation is far more aggravated by the rocketing expenditure costs, the cost of raw materials and lack of
domestic market and demand.
London Durga Puja Dusherah Committee is committed towards creating social awareness towards this impending crisis. As a respect towards the artisans, the committee members are going to sport traditional handloom dresses. Social awareness creating videos will be played on the main venue.
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