SGPC to send food packets to quake-hit Nepal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2015 22:01 IST

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is set to supply ration to Nepal where hundreds of people lost their lives following a high-intensity earthquake.

The decision was taken by the SGPC after Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal called up SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar and asked him to ensure that ration is supplied to the neighbouring nation.

As the CM has ensured that after taking up the matter with the ministry of defence, the Air Force will airlift the ration, the SGPC has started preparations and will send 20,000 packets of food to Nepal on Sunday.

The food will be prepared on Saturday night and the SGPC has put its various gurdwaras on the job to ensure that the packets are ready by Sunday.

The supply will be further escalated if the need arises, it is learnt.

Last year when floods hit the Kashmir valley, the SGPC was in the forefront in sending food and also rescuing people. It had also arranged free air tickets for people being rescued from the valley.

Meanwhile, terming the earthquake as unfortunate, Makkar said the efforts were made by the SGPC to contact its Sikh Mission Gurdwara in Kathmandu but the contact could not be established.

Makkar, in a statement, said the calamity had shocked many and the Nepal government must ensure immediate relief there.

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