Waquar Hasan | Clarion India
NEW DLEHI – The unplanned enforcement of the lockdown in the country has dealt body blow to the poor of the society. Many of them are on the verge of starvation. Taking cognizance of the human misery, Jamaat-e-Islami (JIH) Hind has come forward to provide relief to the ill fated people with other organizations.
Recently, the Islamic group has released a report of their relief work which has been going on in 22 states since the enforcement of the crippling lockdown. According to the report, the JIH has provided relief to 8,38,417 people across the country, at a cost of around Rs 10 crore.
The Jamaat has distributed 5,80,519 food kits, 4,32,228 food packets, 38,8852 face masks and 3,970 sanitizers. It has also extended financial help to 10,06,553 people and other services to 44,503.
The report has been compiled with details of the relief works done in 22 states. Punjab unit of the JIH has distributed the highest number of food kits i.e. 350,000 and Madhya Pradesh unit stood second with the distribution of 57,799 kits. Madhy Pradesh unit distributed the highest number of 93,953 food packets and Gujarat unit at the second position distributed 78,923 food packets.
Maharashtra unit of the jamaat helped the highest number of 501,850 people financially and UP west unit came second in extending financial help to 226,100.
Social Service secretary of the JIH Mohammed Ahmed told Clarion India that they have carried out all these relief works from their baitul-maal (charity exchequer) and through the networking they have in all the states, cities and towns.
“We have directed all our zones to do relief works in their areas. We had appealed Muslims and others to spend money on charity. This is the amount some people have donated. Also, our baitul-maal has a reserve for the relief works. We do relief works whenever any national calamity comes,” said Ahmad adding that we have baitul-maal at every state, city units. Spending around 10 cror rupees is not a big issue for his group, he added.
He said that they do the relief works among all sections of the society. They don’t discriminate on the basis of religion while doing these relief works. Here, in this relief works too, we have provided food items to Hindu and Muslim both.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the lockdown, which was originally stipulated to last for 21 days, ending on 15 April, up to May 3. The JIH, has, therefore, decided to continue the good work.