Covid-19 Lockdown : Religious Communities of Guwahati come together for Coronavirus Relief Fund
GUWAHATI: Guwahati's religious communities have jumped into the national battle against the coronavirus.
Various religious groups have taken up the initiative to help the state/central government to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
With the beginning of the lockdown, the Digambar Jain community has donated an amount of Rs 5 lakhs to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
Mahavir Jain, the President of Shri Digambar Jain Panchayat also met with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to discuss the impact of Covid-19 in Assam and assured that the Jain community would serve the state during this difficult time.
Similarly, the Burha Jame Masjid Committee offered a helping hand to the state government by donating Rs 1 lakh to Assam Arogya Nidhi fund for the fight against Covid-19.
The cheque was handed over to the Health Minister of Assam Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Speaking to G Plus, Secretary of Burha Masjid, Nijamul Houque said, "We are happy that entire nation has stood up to fight against this virus but at the same time we are disappointed that even after repeated instruction from the government we are getting news of people gathering in mosques to offer Namaz."
"This is the time to educate people of the community to stay safe and healthy at home," he added.
Other communities like Sikh and Agarwal communities have been helping in the fight against coronavirus by feeding the poor during the lockdown period.
The Khalsa Centre North East has been serving Langar to thousands of homeless and needy people each day with support from the district administration.
On similar lines, the Marwari Sammelan Guwahati Sakha and Agarwal Sabha helped a hunger relief drive at AT Road on Monday, March 30. With help from Pan Bazar police, the community distributed rice and dal to 180 poor families of daily labourers. Approximately 600 persons benefited from the same.
Further, the Kamakhya Temple Devalaya Management also donated a sum of Rs 5 Lakhs to the Assam Arogya Nidhi.
It is to be mentioned that the Assam government has been receiving generous amounts as donations from its people to fight for this noble cause.