Chief minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday directed officials to devise a strategy ensuring speedy supply of relief material to quake-hit Nepal.
Presiding over a meeting of citizen groups and religious organisations in Haridwar, the CM asked them to help the people of Nepal in every possible manner. “We will help them (Nepalese) with all kinds of relief material including food grains, clothes and medicines besides providing them monetary assistance,” the chief minister said.
Rawat directed the Haridwar District Magistrate to act in close coordination with the district nodal officer and after collecting the relief material, dispatch it to Nepal. He also directed the DM to collect the relief fund from the people through cheques only.
“Nepal is our neighbouring country and we share spiritual, religious and brotherly relations with its people,” Rawat said. “It is, therefore, our moral responsibility to extend all possible help to the people of Nepal when they are facing tough times.”
Chief secretary N Ravishankar said the primary task before the state government was to ensure that relief material was immediately dispatched to Nepal. “After that we will help in reconstruction of the quake hit country,” he said.
Harendra Garg and Arun Saraswat of Sidcul association, an organisation of entrepreneurs, assured that the industrial sector would render all possible help to the people of Nepal in their hour of distress while Kailash Keswani of Vyapar Mandal, a traders’ association, said they would pass a unanimous resolution in favour of extending all possible help to the Nepalese.
ID Trivedi of Bharat Mata Mandir, a religious organisation contributed a cheque of `1 lakh towards the relief fund for the quake victims.