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Post-Covid, disappointing festive season for artisans due to budget cuts by Durga Puja committees

as Delhi Preparation for celebrating Navratri Durga Puja After two years of covid pandemic silence, the situation remains gloomy for the city’s idol makers, as expenditure cuts by individuals and budget cuts by worship committees.

According to the artisans, this year the orders have come down by around 70 per cent as compared to the pre-covid times and most of the orders are for smaller and cheaper idols, resulting in lower profit margins.

“Our business was affected due to the pandemic and the subsequent restrictions. We have returned to work after two years, but business has not resumed. It is not even 25 per cent (before Covid) and because of this, we had to reduce our staff,” Govind Nath, owner of an idol making shop in Chittaranjan Park, told PTI.

He said eleven idol makers from West Bengal, who used to work here, went back to their respective hometowns during the first lockdown in 2020.

“People are ordering smaller sized idols. Worship The committees have also reduced their budget. Those who used to spend Rs 1.5 to 2 lakh on an idol are now spending only Rs 50,000 to Rs 80,000,” Nath told PTI.

“We used to make at least 70 to 80 idols here during Durga Puja in pre-Covid times. This year we are making only 25.

Durga Puja Puja committees have slashed their budget, worsening the condition of artisans(Credit: Uddeep Banerjee)

Nath said his family has been in the idol-making business for more than 50 years, but has “never been at a loss” in the last two years.

Tapan Biswas (40), an artisan from Chittaranjan Park, had admitted his nine-year-old son to a prominent school in Delhi a year before the pandemic hit. Due to the loss, he had to admit his son in a government school.

“I was delighted when I enrolled my son in one of the best private schools in the city. But after the pandemic, I had to take her to a government school so that I could support the family. There was no work as religious gatherings and gatherings were banned during the lockdown,” Biswas told PTI.

Twenty-two-year-old Sujit Das, a resident of Krishnanagar in West Bengal, had to wander from door to door to make a living and support his family during this period. Epidemic,

“The last two years have been extremely difficult. I had to return to my hometown and look for work there. My brother is also an artisan and we both run the family,” Das said.

Meanwhile, Sourav Chakraborty, member of CR Park Puja Committee, said that due to paucity of funds, the budget has been cut by about 25 per cent this year.

“The money is not coming from the usual sponsors. We have also cut spending on cultural events. No events have been cancelled, but we will not be able to organize them as extensively as we used to Epidemic,” They said.

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