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Muslim NGOs come forward for the relief of Uttarakhand victims
Thursday June 27, 2013 4:00 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

In a moving gesture, various Muslim groups and NGOs have come forward to donate to the relief fund, mobilize support for relief and rehabilitation work.

One among these groups, the Kerala Bombay Muslim Jamaat, which has been working for the welfare of Malyalee Muslims since 1948, has decided to donate Rs.50,000 to the PMs Relief Fund.

"The pilgrims who went to Kedarnath and other Hindu holy shrines in Uttarakhand are our brothers and sisters.Our contribution may be small,but we want to tell the affected families that we are with them in these hours of distress", said M A Khalid, a businessman and member of the Jamaat.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehaadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has announced a relief worth Rs 78.75 lakh for the victims of natural calamity that struck Uttarakhand State last week.

AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that the cloudburst and floods that ravaged Uttarakhand caused large-scale devastation and trauma to thousands of pilgrims who had converged from all over the country, including Andhra Pradesh.

Owaisi said that AIMIM has decided to contribute Rs 6 lakh to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund towards relief and rehabilitation for Uttarakhand flood victims. The contribution would be sent to the PMNRF through money order.

Apart from the cash contribution, AIMIM has decided to distribute basic medicines worth Rs 20 lakh to the affected people in Uttarakhand. Kits comprising essential commodities, clothing and bedding would be distributed to the people in the affected areas. The 5,000 essential kits will cost around Rs 52.75 lakh.

Sahyog Cultural Society, another NGO, has decided to hold a meet soon in the city to discuss how to mobilize support,in cash and kind,for the thousands affected during last weeks floods and landslides in Uttarakhand.

"We are approaching influential members in the community to join hands to this effort on humanitarian grounds.Everything cannot be left to the government", said Sahyogs chief and senior Urdu journalist Sami Bubere.


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