GUWAHATI/JORABAT, April 24 - Apart from extending help to needy people personally in their respective areas, several forest department officials from the Kamrup Metro unit of the All Assam Forest Employees� Union (AAFEU) today came together to distribute ration among the poor families amid the nationwide lockdown.
The unit�s president Jayanta Kalita and general secretary Prahlad Gayan along with Jorabat Forest Beat Officer Jintu M Talukdar provided ration packets besides other items of daily use to over 150 families of the Assam-Meghalaya border area near the Marakdola Forest Beat Office.
�Besides distributing ration, our union has also conducted awareness campaigns, with special emphasis on the importance of maintaining social distancing and providing correct information to the people of the areas our officers are posted in,� Kalita said.
Moreover, the union is also extending help to the students hailing from the economically backward families of the border area from Jorabat to Byrnihat, while requesting them to contact at 7002480369 for required books and various stationeries.
In another such initiative, several youths from Jorabat � including Alok Das, Pranay Biswas, Prameshwar Puri and Gopal Roy � today distributed ration packets consisting of rice, potato, edible oil, pulses, onion, sugar, salt, biscuits and soaps to 50 families of Jorabat�s 13th Mile area near Jagannath Mandir.
In another initiative, Sixmile resident Dr Gitartha Roymedhi also distributed ration to five needy familes of Jorabat, while also enlightening about 20 individuals on the ways to keep them safe during the pandemic. He stressed that the habit of maintaining cleanliness should be continued throughout life.
West Guwahati MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita distributed 200 packets of food items comprising rice, dal, potato, salt, etc., among poor and needy families on Kalapahar-Lokhra Road in the city today.
Helpmax Society also, in collaboration with the Kamrup Metro district administration, distributed free dry ration to around one hundred poor families in different localities of the city such as Uddayachal Milit Path, Christianbasti, Jyotinagar, Bamunimadam and near Bhupen Hazarika Jatiya Vidyalaya, Gandhibasti. Most people in these areas are daily wage earners and they have been badly affected by the lockdown.
Helpmax Society had earlier distributed cooked meal packets to 200 homeless people near the Sukreswar Mandir.
BSF Guwahati Frontier has been reaching out to the needy people living in the vicinity of its headquarters at Patgaon.
The Frontier is not only engaged in manning the Indo-Bangladesh border but also extending all possible help to the needy villagers on the border belt as well as those living near the headquarters.
Today, the Frontier helped in distribution of food items among the people of Palashbari village hit by the lockdown.
The people were made to stand in a queue with in neatly drawn circles that ensured proper physical distancing. They were urged to make social distancing a habit to ensure their safety during the pandemic.
Guwahati�Foodie, an online community of more than 1,00,000 food lovers, recently distributed necessary daily ration to 150 needy families in Bharalumukh, Panjabari, Odalbakra and Sarumotoria areas of Guwahati during the nationwide lockdown in their second round of relief measures. The team also gave 50 litres of milk from Purabi Dairy to an NGO, Destination, which takes care of children with special needs.
Lions Club members with the help of the Assam Police Reserve also distributed food packets to poor people on Thursday.