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FANI: Good Samaritan ‘Business Community’ Extend Aid To Cyclone-Affected People In Puri


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17 May 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Bhubaneswar:  In a bid to do their bit to the residents of far flung villages of Puri in the aftermath of Cyclone FANI, hundreds of people from Marwadi community came forward to extend their service to the affected coastal parts of Odisha. 

This business community of the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar started their work from the very next day as Cyclone FaNI ravaged Odisha.

Vijay Khandelwal, President, Cuttack Marwadi Samaj, informed, "We organised live kitchens in parts of Puri in which around eight to ten thousand people were having food daily. We did it with co-ordination with the district authorities. We are even planning to adopt some villages and transform them into ideal villages in the long run."

Talking to OMMCOM NEWS, Munnalal, President of Marwadi Yuva Manch informed, “Our members started the services-drive on the very next day. Initially, we procured 500 jars of drinking water (20 litres each) and distributed among the needy in the city.” 

“For 11 days, we have been catering to the food requirements of NDRF team in Bhubaneswar from 5th to 16th, who have tirelessly worked towards restoring the city. We started providing safe drinking water to people in Bhubaneswar Railway Station. Now, the drive is on in the Puri Railway Station for the passengers as well as the railway authorities.”

They even distributed thousands of dry food packets consisting chuda, gud, biscuits, mosquito coils,matchsticks and candles in places like Nimapara, Delang, Balanga, Bamuna, Motari, Kanas, Alarakud, Brahmagiri, etc. 

The women wing of the business community did not remain behind. They moved shoulder to shoulder with men folk to far flung places, in rendering services to the affected people in the interior villages of Puri. 

“Sarees, towels, solar lamps, water, mats, and cooked food were distributed in different villages like Deranga, Brahmagiri, Nimapada, Balanda, Penthakata and even within the fishing community of Puri. Our community has always been in the forefront whenever such calamity struck the State,” informed Priya Agarwal, President, Marwadi Mahila Samiti, Bhubaneswar. 

Talking about the finances, Munnalal informed, “The members have contributed generously in terms of money and the required necessary items. We are happy that we are able to do our bit in restoring normalcy in the State.”

They are planning to continue such services for around a month more, till the coastal belt of the State gets back its stability.

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Priya Agarwal, President, Marwadi Mahila Samiti, Bhubaneswar

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Munnalal, President, Marwadi Yuva Manch, Bhubaneswar

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Vijay Khandelwal, President, Marwadi Samaj, Cuttack