The district administration on Saturday airlifted a consignment of relief material comprising cooked food, blankets, rations and water to the flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir by two Indian Air Force (IAF) planes.
District administration officials attributed their initiative as a response to the appeal made by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to extend a helping hand to the flood-hit people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Divulging details, deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said as many as 1.2 lakh packets of cooked food, 2,700 blankets, 35 quintal of ration, milk and water were airlifted to J&K by two IAF planes on Saturday.
"Apart from this, nearly 26,000 food packets containing 1,25,000 'paranthas' were dispatched on Friday by an IAF plane," he added.
Bhagat said in order to facilitate all possible assistance, a around the clock control room had been set up in the district, which could be contacted over telephone numbers - 0183-2226161 and 2226262.
Besides Rohit Gupta, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Baba Bakala, had been designated as the nodal officer to supervise and coordinate all relief activities and to ensure timely and safe airlifting of relief material for the J&K, said Bhagat.
Expressing solidarity with the people of J&K in their hour of crisis, the deputy commissioner assured all possible help and support to them, and called upon various voluntary, social and religious organisations to chip-in together for providing relief material.
He also appealed to the people of Amritsar to donate generously for this noble cause.
Stating that "Punjabis are known for magnanimity", Bhagat called upon them to demonstrate their spirit of charity.