Guwahati: As Corona pandemic is spreading in parts North East states especially in Assam, Airports Authority of India (AAI) in association with UNDP India and local NGO has once again reached out to underprivileged section of society distributing relief and essentials.
On May 27, the corporate social responsibilty (CSR) team of AAI, North East (AAI-NER) with the help of local NGO and their volunteers distributed food and other essentials, mostly relief materials to poor people in some of the most remote localities in Rani Block, Kamrup District of Assam. During nation wide lock down, the poor families of Rabha community village in this area were badly affected due to shortage of essential materials mostly daily amenities and food materials. The village has almost no electricity and mobile phone network with poor transport and communication connectivity.
AAI's Reginal Executive Director (NER) Sanjeev Jindal, with his team supported this cause and said that in addition to our Airport operations during lockdown, we are also concerned for the poor families and extended support in Rabha community village of Rani block, near Guwahati Airport. The place although very remote but people are very good and supportive, they need our care and support. With UNDP and other organisations we will continue to help and not only here, all other airports in North east are committed to help poor families near their airport to at least 1,000 families during this crisis, he said.
Airports Authority of India at North East has distributed over 120 ton of food grains and dry ration till date and supporting the needy people near the Airports under CSR and CER programme. Although airports were not operating passenger flights, but it was opened for cargo and essential services, Jindal added.
The drive will also try to reach out to stagnant labour communities within the block. With this plan, starting the drive together in many phase of distribution. This support during pandemic drive have been possible due to prompt support from all stakeholders and has led to a successful completion of of a mission, reaching out to the some of the most remote and vulnerable pockets across the block.
Later the CSR team members of AAI spent few hours in the village where they interacted with them. The area is elephant prone too which makes life bit difficult for villagers, but the team and NGO members assured them of all possible help and relief materials during this crisis. The communities within these villages are mostly dependent on agriculture, daily, piggery, fishing, but are affected due to floods in May.
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