The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Monday dispatched relief material for the relief camp being run by the Hurriyat Conference leader, Syed Ali Gillani in Srinagar for the flood affected people of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Gillani had made a request in this regard before a SGPC team which was in Srinagar last week. Gillani had also written to SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, requesting him to send essential commodities, medicines and blankets for the relief camp which was being run by the Hurriyat Conference.
Acceding to the request of Gillani, Makkar flagged off five truck loads of relief material for the Kashmir valley from Bhai Gurdass Hall. Of the five trucks, two will unload the relief package at the Hurriyat relief camp in Srinagar.
The SGPC which has been extending help to the flood hit victims since the last fortnight had used the air route for sending its relief packages. However with the highway to Srinagar having reopened, the SGPC will now send its relief material by road.
"By air we had weight limitations but now by road we will be able to send more relief material to the Kashmir valley", stated Makkar while talking to the media after flagging off the trucks.
He specified that two of the trucks are carrying material for the relief camp being run by Gillani.These two trucks contained medicines, blankets, dry milk powder, cereal powder, rice, pulses, tea leaves, biscuits and rusks.
The remaining three trucks are carrying the package for the SGPC relief camp being run at Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga at Badgam near Srinagar. These contain 160 quintals rice, 40 quintals sugar, 60 quintals pulses, 5 quintals onions besides potatoes, te aleaves, biscuits, turmeric and species, mineral water, baby feeder bottles, soaps. warm clothes and blankets.
Making a reference to the approaching winter season,Makkar said that in the coming days the SGPC will be sending quilts and mattresses besides blankets.He said that the SGPC has also decided to give an allowance of Rs 5000 per month to every student from J&K studying in SGPC run schools.
"While distribution of relief material to the flood hit families will continue, we will now take part in the rehabilitation of those families who have been rendered homeless or those whose homes have been damaged by floods and require repair or rebuilding", said Makkar.
Meanwhile a four member team led by SGPC secretaries Roop Singh and Satbir Singh left by air for Srinagar.They will replace the existing SGPC team which is monitoring the distribution of relief and running of the relief camp in Srinagar. Relief monitoring teams will change after every week.