Donations continue to pour in to help the frontline workers fight the Covid-19 pandemic in Arunachal Pradesh as the state, entered the 31st day of nationwide lockdown on Friday.

One Kamran Kanglom, a Class XII student of Ramakrisna Mission School, Deomali in Tirap district donated Rs 5000 to the frontline workers of the district on Friday.

Kamran had received the amount as a part of merit award for securing 1st position in the Class X CBSE exams.

The contribution was handed over to the All Tirap District Students’ Union (ATDSU) which has been actively helping the Tirap district administration and police in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Interestingly Kanglom’s parents Kamkho Kanglom and Toinyak Kanglom are active social workers as well and run “Our Charitable Hands”, a NGO which has been involved in various charity works across the region.

The NGO presently has been providing relief food items to poor and needy daily wage earners, families and students who are stranded in Deomali.

The NGO on Friday also handed over 90 kgs of rice and 40kgs potatoes to ATDSU for further distribution to stranded students of Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts, especially those studying in the Wangcha Rajkumar Government College in Deomali.

ATDSU general secretary Priyang Pumo on behalf of the union and people of the three districts has thanked Kamran and Our Charitable Hands for the contributions.

Meanwhile, in East Siang district, one Bani Siram of Ledum village contributed food materials to the administration and police department of Bilat and Ruksin circles on Thursday.

Siram carried the drive under the aegis of ‘Destination Ledum’, an organization constantly working towards the upliftment of local economy, rural tourism and environmental development in and around Ledum village.

Siram, along with Tanong Taloh, the village Secretary of Ledum and Johny Modi, a forest official, delivered four quintals of local rice and organic vegetables to the Bilat circle office and Ruksin police station in the presence of SDPO Token Saring.

Donations in the form of cash and kind continued to pour in from all spheres to support the frontline workers in Tawang as well.

Padmashree awardee and founding director of Manjushree Orphanage, Lama Thupten Phuntsok on Friday handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the district administration.

He also contributed Rs 2 lakh each for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) and PM Cares fund.

Tendon Cultural Preservation Society President Lama Ngawang Norbu also contributed Rs 15000 to the administration and Rs 30000 each to the CMRF and PM care fund.

The contributions meant for the district administration were, however, politely declined by deputy commissioner Sang Phuntsok and the donors were asked to either directly help the needy or through NGOs.

Accordingly the donors handed the cheque over to the Tawang Monpa Employees Society (TMES).

Earlier on April 16, the monks of Tawang monastery contributed Rs 1.5 lakh each to CMRF and PM cares fund.

In West Siang district, around 38 NGOs and civil societies and 85 individuals have contributed for the cause till Friday, officials said.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: