By SK.Vyas :
Jalandhar, April 10, 2020: Continuing its drive to reach out the needy people who are stuck in the district due to nationwide lockdown in the wake of COVID-19, the Jalandhar district administration on Friday gave a healing touch to a group of 20 Jammu and Kashmir residents, who are stuck in Goraya town, by providing packets of dry ration to them.
Tehsildar Phillaur Tapan Bhanot was informed by few villagers that around 20 Jammu and Kashmir residents from Kupwara have been stuck in Goraya due to the lockdown. The officer was informed that these Jammu and Kashmir residents, mostly woodcutters and shawl sellers, have exhausted their resources and were facing an acute shortage of food material. Swinging into action the Tehsildar brought the entire matter into the notice of Deputy Commissioner Mr. Varinder Kumar Sharma and Sub Divisional Magistrate Vineet Kumar who asked him to ensure every sort of help these people.
Accordingly, a team led by Tehsildar went to Goraya town and handed over packets of a dry ration containing wheat flour, rice, pulses, sugar and tea to all of them. The officer also gave their contact numbers to the Kupwara residents and asked them to call him if anything else was needed in the future. Apart from this, the team also briefed them about the shelter home, which was set by the administration to provide free food, boarding and lodging facilities to distressed people.
Expressing their gratitude towards the Punjab government and the district administration the residents of Kupwara including Ghulam Mohammed, Mohammed Gulzar, Mohammed Shakil, Niaz and others profusely thanked the officer for this humanitarian gesture.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner said that district administration has made elaborate arrangements of food, lodging and medical facilities in the shelter homes. He said most of them work as vendors or woodcutters who had come in the district for employment but they got stuck here after the lockdown was enforced in the nation. He said that the teams of the administration have been ensuring the food reaches the needy especially migrants and those who are stuck in the district. Sharma said that the Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is committed to ensuring the welfare of the people in this hour of crisis.