Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said the state government will send relief material including food items for earthquake victims in Nepal.
Presiding over a meeting of senior officers of state administration here today, the chief minister said it is the bounden duty of every Punjabi to provide help to the victims in this hour of grave crisis.
He said the state government will send the relief material for the victims of one of the worst natural calamities that ravaged Nepal and surrounding areas, besides causing substantial damage to life and property in Bihar and West Bengal.
Badal said the state government in association with Shiromani Gurdawara Prabhandak Committee will distribute'Langar' (Community Kitchen) to quake affected Nepal and Bihar.
The chief minister directed the officers to personally oversee the entire relief and rehabilitation operations.
He also asked them to ensure adequate deployment of staff and vehicles for proper disbursement of relief material to the victims in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs.
Badal also appealed to the people of Punjab to come forward and donate generously as the Punjabis were known for magnanimity and sense of belongingness the world over.
He called upon them to demonstrate their spirit of charity for helping all those hit by the tragedy.
Badal said the control room set up by the state government at Chandigarh to facilitate the residents of Punjab, who are stuck in Nepal, should be made more effective.
Likewise, he said that Punjab residents landing at Delhi airport were being rendered full assistance by the state government representatives at the airport and Punjab Bhawan New Delhi.