IMPHAL, April 27 - A day after the 200-metre-long border fencing was erected along the Churachandpur district sector of the Indo-Myanmar border, a Covid-19 Relief Bank for the district was opened at the Deputy Commissioner office premises at Churachandpur town, 65 kms south of Imphal today.
The State�s Agriculture Minister V Hangkhalian, who is the minister incharge of the district, formally inaugurated the Relief Bank which is a joint initiative of the district administration and Autonomous District Council (ADC) of Churachandpur to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Soon after inaugurating the relief bank, Hangkhanlian, who also holds the Animal Husbandry portfolio, expressed his willingness to donate 1,000 masks to the relief bank. He distributed Personal Protective Equipment kits among officials of the district, including the police in a solemn function at Tuibong in the hill district.
Lauding the efforts of frontline workers for their tireless efforts in fighting the dreaded virus, he assured adequate supply of essential commodities in the district during the lockdown.
In his speech, DC Pawan Yadav of Churachandpur district said it is imperative that special focus should be given to the poor and the vulnerable section in the ongoing measures for supply of essential services during the lockdown.
ADC Chairman T Paukhanlian, ADC Thangboi Gangte, Additional SP Shivanand Surve and other district officials attended the day�s function.
The relief bank which is expected to be run by volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra, is likely to provide immediate relief in terms of food and other essential goods and services to the poor, vulnerable and the needy population of the district.
Significantly, the relief bank provided assistance to two orphanages of the district during the inaugural function. The essential items were donated by people from all walks of life while the ADC of Churachandpur provided logistic support.