JORABAT, April 28 - Ever since the nationwide lockdown had been announced, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh�s Jorabat Shakha volunteers have been distributing essential commodities to the people whose sources of livelihood have been stopped by the lockdown.
The Shakha again distributed groceries and face masks to over 90 poor families in Jorabat, Medhikuchi and Sankardev Nagar areas under Sonapur revenue circle today.
�Our Shakha has reached out to over 500 families with kits of essential commodities right from Day One of the restrictions implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Moreover, we are readying over 200 more kits to be distributed within this week,� said Hridayananda Puri, Karyawa of the Jorabat Shakha of RSS. The volunteers have also been creating awareness about precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus in various areas of Dimoria.
The Dimoria regional unit of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has also come out to provide succour to the destitute in the form of cooked food.
With most of the shops and hotels remaining shut, the homeless are left with no means of food or even water. While several relief measures have been announced by the government, the country�s poorest of the poor are left out as they have failed to depend on the food supplies provided by the government and non-government organisations, etc.
�As starvation looms, the only source of respite for the destitute are individuals and NGOs. So, we are doing all we can to ensure that the homeless don�t go hungry during these testing times,� Barasha Medhi, president of the Dimoria unit, said while maintaining that the drive will continue in the next three days in Dimoria. The student body has carried out sanitization drives in various areas, apart from providing ration to the needy families, since the day the lockdown had come into effect.
Our Staff Reporter adds in Guwahati: The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) received an amount of Rs 8 lakh and 5,000 pieces of face masks today from Apollo Hospital, Guwahati, under its CSR initiative.