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Compassion from various quarters assuages the needy

By Staff Reporter/city Correspondent

GUWAHATI, April 27 - NDRF rescuers today distributed food to more than 420 poor people at Bazarapara and brick kilns at Palasbari.

The 1st Battalion of the force also distributed food to more than 275 needy people at Katamura, Changsari. NDRF rescuers distributed food to these people today in collaboration with Amrit Bhog Bhandara, Guwahati.

NDRF rescuers also carried out a sanitization drive at NF Railways Headquarters, Maligaon today by spraying disinfectant.

�Being a humanitarian force of the country, NDRF endeavours to mitigate the suffering of the community during any calamity. As movement of people is restricted now, we are reaching out to the maximum possible number of needy people,� NDRF sources stated.

The operations were carried out under the supervision of Randhir Singh Gill, Commandant of the 1st Battalion of NDRF.

During the entire exercise, NDRF rescuers laid emphasis on social distancing, hand washing, use of sanitizer and also on following lockdown norms to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

The Dakshinpat Satra Shanti Ashram here on Sunday provided free ration to 200 needy families of Geetanagar area. The distributed packets contained rice, pulses, oil, potatoes and onions.

The ashram�s Hiranya Saikia said that the initiative has been taken after a direction from the satradhikar of Dakshinpat Satra Nanigopal Deva Goswami to help the poor in the present crisis situation.

�During this pandemic, the daily wagers are the worst affected people. This small initiative is only to help them in the present time of crisis,� he said.

Along with Saikia, Jayanta Barua, Sanjib Narayan, Atul Lahkar, Shasankar Deka and Amar Bezbaruah of the ashram, Secretary Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra Sudarshan Thakur, president of Guwahati Press Club Manoj Kumar Nath and Superintendent Excise Chiranjib Das were also present during the distribution.

Helping Hearts, a Guwahati-based NGO along with the Assam Police Commando Battalion, distributed packets of dry ration amongst the villagers in the vicinity of the Mandakata Commando Battalion Camp on April 25, said a press release here today.

The distribution took place under the personal supervision of the Commandant of the Commando Battalion Ranjan Bhuyan and core committee members of Helping Hearts Pankaj Surana, Mukesh Achantani, Ashish Jalan and Pankaj Bansal.

A total of 425 packets, each containing rice, pulses, salt, mustard oil, turmeric, onion, potato and a bath soap, were distributed in the villages near the camp, namely Bata, Fuloon, Manikpur Bagan and Mandakata.

Helping Hearts is feeding an average of 2,000 people with nutritious cooked food on a daily basis since the lockdown began and plans to continue with the initiative till the lockdown gets over.

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