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Donations continue to pour in to tackle COVID-19

By Our Bureau

DIBRUGARH, April 11 - After serving the society non-stop during these adverse conditions, doctors, nurses and other employees of Assam Medical College on Saturday donated a day�s salary from their March pay, amounting to Rs 26,77,618 towards the Assam government�s coronavirus relief fund.

This was in response to Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma�s call to government employees to contribute whatever they wish towards containing the coronavirus outbreak.

Assam Medical College Hospital Employees� Union president Janak Das and secretary Jitu Barman said the employees were also providing food items to up to 20 families per employee, in response to the call by the Health Minister.

Staff Correspondent from Silchar adds: Amidst the spree of donations to assist the government in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Lakhipur legislator Rajdip Goala has extended financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the Chief Minister�s relief fund.

Talking to The Assam Tribune on Saturday, Goala said, �On behalf of my family, I extended the financial assistance for COVID-19 relief. We have also made arrangements for distributing rations to 6,000 families covering all the gaon panchayats under the constituency.�

Former Rajya Sabha member Kamalendu Bhattacharjee has donated Rs 1 lakh to the PM Cares fund. Bhattacharjee, along with his wife and daughter-in-law, handed over the cheque to Silchar MP Dr Rajdeep Roy. The Ex-Students Forum of Silchar Polytechnique also donated Rs 1 lakh.

Silchar MLA Dilip Kumar Paul has provided rations to people residing in the redlight area of the town. He thanked the State government for making arrangements to provide relief to the people of the redlight area who are facing an acute crisis of food.

The Airports Authority of India, Silchar Airport also contributed from its Corporate Social Responsibility Fund to help in the fight against COVID-19. Airport Director PK Gorai, in the presence of senior AAI officers handed over a cheque of Rs 8 lakh to the Assam Arogya Nidhi through the Cachar Deputy Commissioner.

Members of the Silchar Veteran Cricketers Club also extended relief to 16 labourers and ground staff of the District Sports Association, Silchar. Club president Bijendra Prasad Singh said that they would provide further assistance if the lockdown period is extended beyond April 14, and the Club is also contemplating to donate to the PM Cares fund.

ANN Service from Patacharkuchi adds: Bina Malakar, headmistress of Navajyoti ME School in Bezkuchi and a resident of Dubi village of Bajali subdivision, donated Rs 51,000 to Assam Arogya Nidhi through the Bajali Revenue Circle office. Malakar also appealed to the people to come forward and donate to the fund and help in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Circle Officer Dr Sangita Sarma appreciated her step and felicitated her with a gamosa.

ANN Service from Mushalpur adds: As many as 16 women�s organisations from various parts of Baksa donated Rs 51,000 for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. A delegation of these organisations handed over a cheque to Baksa Deputy Commissioner Ranjan Sarma on Friday. Some of these community-based organisations that operate under the Tihu-Barama Development Mission, including Janani Mahila Samiti Gramya Sangathan (MSGS), Krishnagopal MSGS from Barama; Adarsha MSGS from Debochara, Nabamilan MSGS from Kaklabari, and Udangshri MSGS from Kharuajan donated Rs 5,000 each.

ANN Service from Nilambazar adds: The South Assam Sammilita Akhanda Sangathan, Karimganj district committee has donated Rs 2.5 lakh to Assam Arogya Nidhi in the fight against novel coronavirus. A delegation of the Sangathan handed over a cheque to Chief Minister Sabananda Sonowal during his recent visit to the Deputy Commissioner�s office at Karimganj.

Mukesh Agarwal, chairman of Barak Valley Cement Ltd, donated Rs 5 lakh, while Piklu Paul, owner of PP Jewellery, donated Rs 5 lakh. Subrata Dey, chairman of the Karimganj Wholesale Cooperative Society, donated Rs 50,000, Biswarup Bhattacharjee, chairman of DSA, donated Rs 50,000, Habibur Rahman Choudhury, president of the Karimganj Town Idgah, donated Rs 1 Lakh, Karimganj Satsang Ashram donated Rs 5 lakh, BJP Karimganj district committee donated Rs 1 lakh, Maharshi Vidya Niketan, a private educational institution, donated Rs 51,000, Saraswati Vidya Niketan donated Rs 19,000 and Rita Deb Roy donated Rs 40,000 to Assam Arogya Nidhi. All the organizations and individuals handed over cheques to the Chief Minister during his visit.

Gauripur Correspondent adds: Rudra Pathak, a social activist of Abhayapuri and a resident of Sahitya Sabha Path, handed over a cheque for Rs 15 lakh to Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to fight against COVID-19 recently at Guwahati. Pathak, a well-known social worker of Abhayapuri, has been donating money to several organisations for the development of downtrodden people of the area.

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