SILCHAR, April 10: In an inspiring gesture, a nine-year-old boy from Silchar has joined the countrymen in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Subhang Gupta (Taan), a student of Class-IV, has donated a sum of Rs 2,220 for helping people of the state at this hour of crisis.
The little boy, along with father Sudarshan Gupta and mother Moumita Gupta, reached the residence of Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy today to hand over the money.
"I am feeling happy to help my people and countrymen. I want the money to be utilised to feed the poor," Shubhang told The Assam Tribune.
The student from Holy Cross School also wrote a letter to State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma in which he mentioned: "Himanta uncle, I am giving the money from my piggy bank for helping the people of my state. Love you, respect you."
Meanwhile, touched by the gesture and circumstantial sense shown by the boy, Dr Rajdeep Roy tweeted: "Piggy banks are being unloaded! Amazed to find the concern level and participation of the future of our country in the midst of this #COVID-19 crisis. Our country should be in safe hands!"
Speaking about his son, Sudarshan Gupta, Head of the Department of History at Radha Madhav College here, said, "Like every other child, he too had a piggy bank where he used to save coins which he got from us or others. He has keen interest in watching news and every night before sleeping, he checks the COVID-19 status on his mother's mobile.
On Monday, all of a sudden, he told that he too wants to donate from his piggy bank, as he saw on TV, people donating for the cause. We are glad to see that our MP welcomed our son and tagged the Prime Minister, Chief Minister and Health Minister as well."