SGPC continues to airlift relief material to J&K

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Sep 20, 2014 18:45 IST

The humanitarian task undertaken by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for providing relief to the flood-hit people of Jammu and Kashmir entered the 10th day on Friday.

The SGPC continues to send relief material to J&K by airlifting essential commodities to Srinagar from the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee international airport here. The only difference being that now the SGPC is sending only what is required in the Kashmir Valley after coordinating with the state officials camping in Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga at Badgam near Srinagar.

The relief material dispatched by the SGPC included 10 quintal rice, 5 quintal pulses, onions, bread, dry milk powder and blankets.

Along with the relief material, a 15-member SGPC team, led by its general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur and executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta, left for Srinagar. There task will be to monitor the distribution of relief, including 'langar' (cooked food) to the flood-hit families in and around the capital town.

According to information received at the SGPC headquarters here, the SGPC relief camp at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga is catering to a large number of families who have been rendered homeless. 'Langar' is being distributed round-the-clock to these families.

On Thursday around 500 persons reported at the medical camp se tup by the SGPC at the gurdwara. They were given medicines free of cost. A 5-member SGPC team along with medicines was sent from here three days ago.

Two women patients who needed hospitalisation were airlifted by the SGPC to Amritsar and New Delhi. The patient coming to Amritsar was admitted at the SGPC-run Sri Guru Ram Das Chairtable Hospital, Vallah.

In Srinagar, the SGPC has set up mohalla-level committees with the assistance of the locals there for house-to-house distribution of cooked food and other relief material. The SGPC team, under Bhaur, will send a detailed report to their chief Avtar Singh Makkar, who was also to go to Srinagar, but could not do so due to the death of former SGPC president Jagdev Singh Talwandi.

The SGPC is also receiving relief material from other religious groups and is dispatching it to Srinagar.

Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said that on Friday 25,000 blankets, 2,000 towels, 7000 ladies suits and 5 tonne of food packets, which included dry milk powder, were sent by a special IAF cargo plane to Srinagar. Till date, the administration has sent 31,000 blankets and 45 tonnes of dry ration.

The DC said that around 5,000 persons airlifted by the IAF from Srinagar have landed at the airport here so far. He said that the administration made arrangements for sending these persons to their homes. The entire expenditure was borne by the administration.

Continuing its efforts to reach out to the most distressed people in the flood affected in J&K, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Friday provided relief material in one of the most affected area -- Bemina. The CII team not only reached out to villages outside Srinagar but also interacted with the villagers to understand their needs and plan the next course of action.

CII Amritsar Zonal Council is also contributing its bit for the cause. The Amritsar Computer Traders Association (ACTA) handed over a cheque of `50,000 to Gurpreet Singh Munjral, Chairman CII Amritsar Council towards CII Foundation for relief and rehabilitation.

Mr Munjral said, "CII, under the aegis of CII Foundation, has already reached and impacted 4,000 families and the aim is to provide immediate relief to 5,000 families in the next few days.The relief material being distributed includes most essential items like drinking water, medicines, ready- to-eat food packs, blankets, family tents, dry rations, water purifiers and baby food".

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