MANGALDAI, April 19 - Taking care and monitoring the health and hygiene of inmates of child-care homes in this critical time of the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging task. However, things become a little easier when the people rise to the occasion.
One such inspirational incident has come to light here, when a child rights activist expressed gratitude to the cleaning staff of the Mangaldai Municipal Board in helping two child care institutions of the district beyond their official jurisdiction.
Purnima Goswami, a member of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), in a letter to the Executive Officer of the Mangaldai Municipal Board, praised the prompt action taken by his staff in association with fire and emergency services staff to disinfect the campus of Dhula Regional Physically Handicapped Development Society, Dhula, and Kasturi Sishu Griha, Mangaldai, which house many children in need of care and protection as well as differently abled persons, destitutes and women.
The letter, while thanking the entire municipal staff, stated that the authority in no time responded to her letters dated April 9 and 13, requesting for disinfecting the institutions.
Public donations pour in: Donations by the public to the government for fighting against the deadly COVID-19 have been pouring in from Darrang. Mangaldai Lok Sabha MP Dilip Saikia on Saturday stated that he has received cheques for Rs 2 lakh � for PM Cares Fund and Assam Arogya Nidhi � from several distinguished persons of Kharupetia town, including the Kharupetia Municipal Board�s former chairperson Krishna Saha, among others.
BJP workers of Kharupetia, in presence of the Saikia, distributed packets of essential food items to more than 100 poor and needy families of the locality.
A single-day�s salary of 1,427 regular primary teachers amounting to Rs 20,39,738 has been donated to Assam Arogya Nidhi.
Another amount of around Rs 23 lakh collected as a single-day�s salary of 2,451 teachers under SSA, Darrang and State Pool, have also been donated to Assam Arogya Nidhi. This was stated by Mangaldai Mohkuma Prathamik Sikshak Sanmilani president Pawan Kumar Jha and secretary Bijay Kumar Deka.
Dr Nagendra Nath Sarma, an octogenarian academician and writer and a resident of Kalitapara, also contributed Rs 21,000 to SBI, Mangaldai as donation to Assam Arogya Nidhi, while local contractor Kalpa Singh Bordoloi handed over a cheque of Rs 1,02,221 to Mangaldai MLA Gurujyoti Das on Saturday.