In a heartwarming move to ensure the safety of Govindas participating in the Dahi Handi festival, the Vasai-Virar Municipality has announced the commencement of free insurance registration. With an aim to provide maximum benefits to Govinda groups involved in the Janmashtami Festival, the municipality has begun the process of registration through the coordination of the Dahi Handi Coordination Committee and the Vasai-Virar Municipality.
Every year, various Ganeshotsav mandals and Govinda groups actively prepare for the Dahi Handi celebrations. As they form human pyramids to break the high-hanging handi, the participants require immense courage and determination. While the enthusiasm for Dahi Handi is high, the daring nature of the game also poses risks to the participants. Many times, Govinda enthusiasts sustain injuries during their attempts to break the handi, requiring medical attention and sometimes even hospitalization. These incidents often lead to significant financial burdens for the ordinary households of Govinda participants. Therefore, the introduction of the “Insurance Shield” has brought a sense of relief for the Govinda participants.
The Vasai-Virar Municipality annually announces a free accident insurance scheme for Govinda pathaks, offering protection under the Oriental Insurance Company. The efforts to implement this initiative have been initiated by the municipality to alleviate the financial burdens of Govinda enthusiasts.
With over 75 Govinda groups in the city, eligible Govinda participants are encouraged to register for the insurance coverage by submitting appropriate documents. Application forms are available on the municipality’s official website and can also be obtained from municipal offices. The deadline for submitting applications is August 31st. The municipality urges Govinda groups to take full advantage of this insurance opportunity.
Throughout the years, the Dahi Handi competition organizers have taken various measures to ensure the safety and convenience of participants. These measures include arranging prompt medical aid, providing mattresses, water facilities, police arrangements, suitable and secure locations for the event, designated parking spaces, managing crowd control, and obtaining necessary approvals from local authorities. The municipality also advises Govinda participants to equip themselves with first-aid kits, wear helmets at the highest tiers, restrict entry for those below 14 years of age, and avoid sitting in truck cabins during travel.
Pankaj Patil, the Deputy Mayor, emphasized the importance of these safety guidelines, expressing the municipality’s commitment to Govinda enthusiasts’ well-being. Additionally, it was disclosed during the organized meeting that mobile toilets will be made available by the municipality during the festival days.
The collaboration between the municipal administration, fire services, police, and the Dahi Handi coordination committees has been instrumental in ensuring the safety and smooth conduct of the Dahi Handi celebrations. This initiative not only emphasizes the municipality’s concern for the participants’ safety but also showcases the spirit of unity and community involvement.
As the festive season approaches, the municipality’s proactive efforts to enhance safety measures have been received with gratitude by the Govinda groups and the local community. The assurance of insurance coverage has brought a sense of security and relief to the participants, allowing them to fully enjoy the festivities without worry.
In conclusion, the Vasai-Virar Municipality’s initiative to offer free insurance registration for Govinda pathaks participating in the Dahi Handi festival demonstrates a sincere commitment to the well-being of the participants and exemplifies the spirit of community care. As the festive celebrations draw near, Govinda enthusiasts can participate with a sense of security, knowing that their safety is being prioritized by the local administration.