JAMMU: Various social and political organisations have intensified distribution of relief among needy and weaker sections of society in view of outbreak of pandemic coronavirus (COVID-19) amid lockdown.
Amid 21-day lockdown in India to fight COVID-19, Advocate Purnima Sharma, Deputy Mayor JMC distributed essential food material including flour bags, cooking oil and other essentials among needy people in Ward No 5. Purnima in collaboration with Anjuman-e-Imamia Jammu distributed flour bags and other essential food items, so that no needy person suffer during the lockdown, imposed as a preventive measure to stop the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Deputy Mayor appealed to the locals to stay indoors and cooperate with the efforts of government and police, which are trying their best to contain the pandemic.
Purnima thanked Anjuman-e-Imamia Jammu for stepping forward to help the people in need of Ward No 5 and encouraged their efforts as together we can easily fight the coronavirus pandemic. Former MLA Jammu East Rajesh Gupta was also present on the occasion.
Acting on directions of Divisional Commissioner, who is Chairman of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Jammu, the members distributed ration and other food items among 620 poor and needy families. Vinod Malhotra, Secretary IRCS Jammu Region along with staff visited Resham Ghar Colony, Mazdoor Basti, Krishna Nagar, Bajalta and other adjoining areas and distributed ration among needy.
Sahib Bandgi, Branch Ashram Chinore Jammu, distributed Atta, rice, pulses and vegetables among needy persons during lockdown. The volunteers distributed essential commodities under the supervision of Chowki Office and Panch of Chinore Panchyat.
Shiv Sena Bal Thackeray, J&K unit appealed to Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu to start Janata Kitchen in all Tehsils of Jammu and Kashmir in view of lockdown. Party President J&K, Manish Sahni distributed food, soaps and Diyas among poor and needy people. He also appealed to people of Jammu to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Prakash campaign.

Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation (SNCF) Branch Jammu has also distributed relief material to underprivileged and needy sections of the society during lockdown due to COVID-19. All 30 branches, falling under Zone 1 i.e., District Jammu, Kathua and Samba of SNM selflessly participated in the drive and thousands of needy families were covered. These drives will further continue on regular basis at all places till lockdown.
In addition, Sant Nirankari Mandal also offered Satsang Bhawans to Government for utilization in fight against COVID-19. Satsang Bhawans of Kathua and Bhudhi are already being used by government for quarantine of COVID-19 patients.
The whole drives were held under supervision of Ajit Singh Zonal Incharge SNM. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Mata Sudiksha expects us to fulfill our role as a responsible devotee by serving human beings selflessly and law abiding citizen by following advisories of the Government and other health agencies. In the current scenario, precautions and hygiene coupled with regular prayers should be our first priority.”
Rohit Seth, President J&K NHM Employees Association distributed homemade masks and medicines among residents of Nandni Village, Janakha Panchayat Jammu. Rohit along with NHM representatives and Sarpanch Kuldeep Kumar, Panch Rinku Kumar, ASHA workers Polli Devi and Anji, social worker Rahul Seth and Army Officer Pankaj Kumar distributed relief material among people.
Sahara Educational Trust distributed essential commodities among daily wagers and labourers of Krishna Nagar area. R K Kalsotra, State President Indian Chamber of Commerce for Affirmative Action, extended his full support to the trust for the distribution drive.
Monica Kalsotra, Trustee, said that in hard times, we should reach out to all those who are in need of essential commodities. She also said that people should not panic in the hour of crisis. She further asked people to practice social distancing and maintain basic hygiene by washing hands regularly.
Monica further said that trust will continue to work for distributing ration among needy. “Sahara Trust has also submitted a list of 200 poor families to Red Cross Society for distribution of ration, which they assured to fulfill,” she said.
R.K Kalsotra, while appreciating Sahara Educational Trust, said that in order to fight COVID-19, we cannot rely entirely on government and thus, NGOs, trusts and civil society need to come forward to serve the needy. He also emphasised on the need to educate and aware masses about necessary preventive measures to contain spread of virus.
Others who supported the drive were Rajnesh Kapoor, B.M Pandita and Abhimanyu Kalsotra.
Asha Kiran Welfare Society (AKWS) Janipur Colony, Jammu distributed ration items among more than 170 families from Shivalikpuram, Krishna Vihar and Ananpur Mohallas in Janipur Housing Colony, Jammu. The ration items included rice, pulses, potatoes, sugar, soap and other essentials. The society also gave a message of maintain social distancing and sanitisation.
Dr J P Gupta, Chairman thanked all members of the society, who came forward for providing financial help/free ration for needy people. He said that a large number of people are coming forward to help needy at this time. Those who donated generously included Dr R D Gupta, Bodh Raj Sharma, Dr Kuldip Gupta, Vijay Tak and Vijay Verma. Dr Vikrant Sharma, President of the Society advised the general masses to follow government instructions of maintaining social distancing and avoid panic. He also requested general public to light Diyas or candles for showing unity.
BDC Chairperson, Neha Rajput has distributed ration and masks among the people in Bhalwal Brahmana. She urged people to cooperate with the government besides maintaining social distancing and remaining at their homes to combat spread of coronavirus, as without cooperation of citizens it would be hard to achieve desired results besides making India free from COVID-19.
BJP leader Nitish Mahajan has also distributed ration and essential commodities among people at Bahu Fort area. Mahajan appealed to the public of Jammu to stay indoors and cooperate with the government, which is trying its best to stop further spread of this pandemic.
J&K Sangram Sena distributed essentials among economic weaker section families in Charu Nallah, Kamini Nagrota, as they were not in a condition to earn livelihood due to ongoing lockdown.
The relief was distributed by R K Raina, President Sangram Sena along with Ravi Singh, Sarpanch Kamini Nagrota and Capt Rattan Singh Langeh, General Secretary. Raina asked locals to stay indoors and cooperate with the government and police for containing spread of the pandemic.