More than 1,500 youth are ready to marry the disaster victims of flash floods in Uttarakhand, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has said.
His statement was in reference to the 'village of widows' - Deoli-Bramhagram in the flood-hit Uttarakhand -where most of the women lost their husbands in the disaster. "In due course of time, we will rehabilitate the widows. We have already started a campaign to look for grooms and 1,500 men have volunteered to marry the widows. Those who do not wish to get married will be extended help to pick up the threads of life," Ram Rahim told the media here on Tuesday.
He flagged off 33 canters loaded with relief material as part of the second consignment to the hill state. A team of 200 volunteers, including engineers, divers and 15 doctors from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has been sent to Uttarakhand for relief operation. "The volunteers will go door-to-door to distribute relief material to needy people.
Packets have been prepared for households, each containing flour, rice, sugar, tea, salt, turmeric, cooking oil, utensils and cooker among others," the Sirsa-based dera head said.
This is the second consignment of relief material to the flood-ravaged state. On June 21, seven trucks loaded with fodder was sent, following reports that cattle were starving with the Uttarakhand government busy in saving human lives.
Ram Rahim said the dera would adopt ravaged villages in the state and help in reconstructing the infrastructure. "We will collaborate with the government to reconstruct houses of the poor free of cost," he said.
Lauding the efforts of the Indian Army and Air Force that rescued thousands of people and evacuated them to safer places, he said the country was proud of its defence forces and the dera would extend help to the families of martyrs of the Air Force who died in the line of action.
"The dera has always shown concern for the flood victims. I appreciate its work," Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar said.