Howrah Police start sending permits through e-mails
Kolkata: In a bid to help Durga Puja organisers get the necessary permission letter without visiting any office, the Howrah Police have introduced a system of sending the same through e-mails.
It may be mentioned that Kolkata Police had introduced Aasaan, an online platform to apply and get all necessary clearances to organise Durga Puja in 2016. It had become immensely successful with a large number of Puja organisers using the online platform to get the clearances who had also made the necessary payments through the online platform.
So the Howrah Police had also given a thought to introduce an online platform to further simplify the process to get the clearances. But they didn't proceed further following an assessment that Durga Puja organisers in Howrah are not that technologically sound.
But the police want the people to get all the necessary papers as early as possible after they apply for the same. So the process of sending the permission letter to the Durga Puja organisers through e-mails has been introduced.
Durga Puja organisers who are providing their e-mail addresses in the application forms will be getting the permission letter through e-mails. So neither would they have to wait for the local police station nor would they need to run to the headquarters of the police commissionerate to get the same.
A senior police officer said that the application forms are made available online and they are also sending the final permission letter through e-mails.
"We would have also introduced the same online platform to get the applications processed and to make payments without visiting the single window where officials of the power utility, fire and emergency services department, local civic bodies and Pollution Control Board give their clearances. But it has not been done as it was found that the Puja organisers here prefer the things to be done in the present format. But it would be good for them if they at least can get the permission letter within a day or two through e-mails without visiting any office," the officer said.