Frontline warriors

Khalsa Aid volunteers help soften the blow for needy

Khalsa Aid volunteers help soften the blow for needy

Volunteers of the Khalsa Aid distribute food packets among children in Jalandhar. Tribune Photo

Avneet Kaur

Jalandhar, April 22

Time and again, Khalsa Aid has come forward to help out those in need. Be it 2018 Kerala floods when they reached Kochi, the rescue of Kashmiri students back to their valley after the Pulwama attack, or the time when they distributed Eid gifts among over 500 Syrian refugees. Yet again in the time of need, volunteers of the UK-based non-profit organisation have come forward to contribute their bit in the fight against Covid-19.

Always on the frontline

  • Nearly 32,000 volunteers across the country, with 300 alone in Jalandhar, are working round the clock to distribute langar and ration kits among the needy, PPE kits, masks and gloves among hospitals, police personnel and sanitation workers.

  • The Khalsa Aid team in collaboration with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab chapter, has set up a 20-bed Covid-19 isolation centre at Malsian village in Shahkot to deal with any sort of unforeseen emergency in the near future.

Nearly 32,000 volunteers across the country, with 300 alone in the city, are working round the clock to distribute langar and ration kits among the needy, PPE kits, masks and gloves among hospitals, cops and sanitation workers.

Talking to this correspondent, Khalsa Aid Jalandhar head Tajinder Pal Singh said teams under the supervision of Amarpreet Singh, Khalsa Aid director (Asia), had provided PPE kits in more than 15 cities of the state.

"The kits have been given to government hospitals as well as police personnel working on the frontline. Nawanshahr, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Jagraon, Batala, Moga, Fazilka, Mohali, Patiala, Bathinda and Amritsar are some of the cities where the kits have been distributed," he said.

Besides, the Khalsa Aid team in collaboration with the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab chapter, has set up a 20-bed Covid-19 isolation centre at Malsian village in Shahkot to deal with any sort of unforeseen emergency in the near future. “To fight this pandemic, we need to scale up the health system and services. As there is a shortage of PPE kits in hospitals, our main focus is to support doctors, nurses, hospitals and administrations across the nation,” he added.

He further said despite an unfortunate incident that happened on Tuesday and took away the life of one of their volunteers Inderjeet Singh while he was on his way to Faridkot and Bathinda to distribute PPE kits among doctors, there is no looking back for them as they had pledged to serve the humanity before anything else and irrespective of the circumstances.

Besides, the organisation is also helping migrant workers stuck at various places by sending them back to their homes. On March 23, a Khalsa Aid team helped a pregnant woman and her husband who were stranded at the railway station here after the cancellation of trains by sending them off to Jammu on their own expenses. They also provided assistance to many daily wage labourers, who were stranded at the bus stand and other places by arranging free cab service for them.

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