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Political parties, activist groups send aid to Kerala flood victims

Margao/Curchorem/ Vasco: Political parties and social service organisations from various parts of Goa collected relief materials and despatched the same to the flood affected victims of Kerala.

Goa Forward Party collected two truckloads of materials such as soaps, towels, bed-sheets, clothes and other items required for daily use and despatched the same to Kerala. Goa Forward Party Youth President Raj Malik will accompany the two trucks to Kerala.

Dispatching the two truckloads of relief material, Party President Vijai Sardessai said, “We are a small party with a big heart.” He lamented that big parties in Goa lack a big heart.

Asserting that Goa Forward Party is primarily for Goa and Goans, Vijai however said that the many Keralites who have settled in Goa and assimilated Goan culture are considered to be Goan by the party.

He said it was not feasible for his party MLAs to give one month salary as it would amount to a paltry sum given the fact that there are only three MLAs. However, he said if necessary the party would send additional relief material to Kerala.

And on the initiative of former Fatorda MLA Damu Naik, the Shree Dambabalem Ghodem-Cultural Association in association with Kerala Kala Kendram, Kerala Sangamam, Ayyappa Seva Sangham and JCI Fatorda Town had collected donations in the form of money and daily household items for the flood affected people in Kerala. During the week long campaign seven truckloads of relief supplied were flagged off.

In Curchorem, local MLA Nilesh Cabral along with the local BJP activists collected donations for the Kerala flood victims, at the Curchorem market on Saturday.

On the occasion, Cabral said that the drive would continue throughout the Curchorem constituency and that he expected to collect around 15 tonnes of food materials like rice, wheat atta, edible oil and packaged drinking water from the donors which would be given to Indian Navy to distribute it to flood victims in Kerala.

“Besides collecting food items, we have also decided to send the volunteers and also to provide them medicines along with the services of doctors including the services of technicians, electricians, plumbers and masons to rebuild their houses which are destroyed or damaged,” said Cabral.

Urging more youth and professionals to offer their services voluntarily, he said that many professionals including doctors have willingly shown their interest to provide their services and that they would be provided with travelling expenses, accommodations and other basic necessities.

Meanwhile in Vasco, The Yuva Morchacho Ekvott collected and handed over relief supplies for Kerala flood affected people. The supplies were handed over to the All India Malyalee Association (AIMA), Goa wing.

The YME collected and handed over the materials under the leadership of MMC Councillor Krishna alias Daji Salkar.

The materials collected include 725 kgs of rice, over 6000 packets of biscuits, Milk Powder and Milk Tetrapaks, Note books, stationery, towels, soaps, sarees, mineral water and all possible survival supplies have been donated by the Association. [H]

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