Ukl ADC launches Covid-19 relief fund, councillors donate salary
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 2nd Apr: Autonomous District Council (ADC) Ukhrul has launched its own initiative called 'COVID-19 Chairman Relief Fund' with donation of one month salary from all councillors as well as contributions from different departmental staffers under the council.
The fund was formally launched by ADC chairman Dr Yaronsho Ngalung during a brief function held at ADC Ukhrul office complex here at Phungreitang on Thursday.
"The rationale for instituting the fund is to generate public awareness about COVID-19 and to help prevent spread of the deadly disease in the district," Dr Ngalung said, while launching the fund in the presence of ADC members, officers and staff members of the autonomous council.
He said that the initiative was fulfilment of the executive council's decision to make certain contributions in the present pandemic situation.
"As a starter, we, all the members of ADC Ukhrul, have donated each of our one month (March) salaries towards the fund and we appeal to all the staff of different departments under ADC Ukhrul to also come forward and make generous donations," the chairman said.
Informing that this was only a beginning, the ADC chief said that the council will expand its operations by taking up town sanitation and distribution of masks, gloves and others to the public in the ensuing days. He then appealed to the entire departmental staffs and workforce under the district council to cooperate and coordinate one another towards rendering their optimum services in this crucial time.
As part of the launching function, Dr Ngalung also distributed masks, hand gloves, hand sanitisers and others to all sanitation workers and medical staffers under the ADC.
"Protecting sanitation workers and medical staffers is a prime task for us at the moment because they are working on the frontline in the interest of keeping our environment clean and for public health," he said.
In her speech CEO ADC Ukhrul Polly Makan expressed gratitude to all the three MLAs of the district namely Khashim Vashum, Alfred Kanngam Arthur and Leishiyo Keishing for providing safety requirements like masks, gloves, hand-sanitisers, disinfectant and others to the council.
Briefing media persons later, Dr Ngalung appealed to the state government to extend monetary assistance towards the fund so that the council could reach out to the public. He also urged to consider provision of animal feeds and rice grains so that the council could distribute the same to different villages.
"We are also planning to distribute drinking water to the public during this lockdown period," he added.