Friday, November 16, 2012
Minister, Scribes Observe ‘Bhai Phonta’ with Correctional and Orphan Home-Inmates
Malda, November 15, 2012: It was a different day for 751 inmates of district correctional home as the state social welfare and women development minister and district Trinamul Congress president Sabitri Mitra amid her tight schedule did not forget to pay a visit to correctional home to offer ‘Bhai Phonta’ to the inmates.
Mitra herself contacted the superintendent of district correctional home Debashis Chakraborty and requested him to arrange ‘Bhai Phonta’ there for the inmates like the last year. Around 11.30 am Mitra went to the correctional home and offered ‘Bhai Phonta’ to 713 male inmates while 38 female inmates too enjoyed the programme.
The minister after the ceremony offered each of the inmates with a box of sweets and volleyball and badminton sets. During her conversation with the inmates the minister inspired them to denounce the path of sin and to revert to the main stream of the society.
“No one is born a sinner. You are all my brothers and sisters and I believe you too have the potential to be responsible citizens of the country and don’t forget the famous saying of Swami Vivekananda – ‘Each soul is potentially divine’,” Mitra said. The inmates too were seemingly overwhelmed by Mitra’s kind words.
Chakraborty informed that regular menu was specially cooked in correctional home today.
Mitra also offered ‘Bhai Phonta’ to the kid-inmates of the home run by the social welfare department. The district project officer of the ICDS and district social welfare officer Pratyarpan Sigha Roy was present in the programme. The minister offered the kids with sweets, chocolates and small gifts.
The scribes of Malda today went to a home for underprivileged and orphan girl kids run by Bharat Sevashram Sangha at Chandpur of Pakuahaat area under Habibpur block. 176 girls of the home offered ‘Bhai Phonta’ to the journalists. The girls were on fast till they offered ‘Bhai Phonta’ to their journalist-brothers.
The journalists also gifted each of the inmates with a pen, a box of sweets and a pair of sandals. They also arranged sumptuous meal for those girls from the fund of the fund of their association. At least 35 journalists from different electronic and print media participated in the programme.