UNITED SIKHS STARTS LANGAR NEXT WEEK AT NICOBAR
AND LOBBIES PANJAB TO HELP ISLANDERS
UNITED SIKHS STARTS LANGAR NEXT WEEK AT NICOBAR AND LOBBIES PANJAB TO HELP ISLANDERS
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.It is a matter of time before disease starts spreading due to poor sanitary conditions. We have to build them houses. Time and Tide is against us as after April the island will be cut off from the world for 6 months when the monsoons set in,. said Esher Singh.
.Mr Surjit Singh Rakhra who is the man behind the
shipment of SGPC.s Langar supplies from Panjab has been very responsive in
providing status of the first container of supplies that has left for Gt
Nicobar. I apprised him of the conditions of the people in
.We are very pleased with the swift response we got to our phone calls to SGPC president and Governor of Tamil Nadu, Surjit Singh Barnala . she added.
Esher Singh is heading for Panjab tomorrow to brief community leaders on the acute problems he saw on the island. He has photographs and video recordings of the devastation and interviews with families about their conditions and needs.
.The problems in Great Nicobar have to be solved quickly and it needs the intervention of community leaders. I hope to meet Panjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, SGPC president Jagir Kaur and Pinggalwara Director, Inderjeet Kaur.,. said Esher Singh.
.The government has given the islanders permission to cut forest trees and build their homes. But all building facilities on the island have been destroyed and every nut and bolt has to be flown in from Chennai because the jetty has been destroyed,. Esher Singh said.
The survivors who have lost everything are having a hard time proving their losses to the administration. .The police refuse to accept a report until the survivor has advertised his loss in the Press,. said Esher Singh. .This is unfair as they have no means and ability to do it. We need to get them assistance to deal with such administrative and legal matters,. Esher Singh said.
Esher Singh left Great Nicobar for Chennai on Saturday to purchase supplies to build the Langar facility and to engage a lawyer to help the survivors. .We are also looking at the possibility of setting up a saw mill to help the islanders build their houses quickly and cheaply. We are looking for carpenters and builders who can volunteer their time,. he said.
.I will be receiving a shipment of supplies including Gutkaes (prayer books) and the 5 kakkars in Chennai which have been sent for the Sikhs in Great Nicobar by the Sikh community of Pune, Bangalore and Indore,. said Navneet Singh, UNITED SIKHS Team Leader in South India.
UNITED SIKHS has recruited more volunteers to help the
islanders. The volunteers who arrive this week include a housing developer from
The North American Sikh Medical and Dental Association (NASMDA) president, Dr Gurmit Singh told UNITED SIKHS that he has appealed to his fellow members to volunteer their time and resources at Great Nicobar.
.I am very interested to counsel the survivors at Gt
Nicobar and am waiting for my employer.s go ahead. Two more of my colleagues who
are counselors are also keen to join,. sadi Dr Simran, a psychiatrist and NASMDA
Navneet Singh is preparing a plan of the relief and
rehabilitation programmes for the islanders . Navneet, who is a management
Great Nicobar, barely 60 nautical miles from the
epicentre of the Tsunami in Aceh, is one of worst hit islands in the
Esher Singh reports that the inhabitants of Great Nicobar had had industries, agriculture, shops and big houses. After the Tsunami, there is nothing left. Huge machines, trucks, cars, bicycles are buried in sand . rusting, and many machines have been washed away into the ocean.
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