NUMALIGARH: In order to help the needy and backward sections of people in the rural and semi-rural areas of Assam, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) had created a cadre of volunteers, called 'Protirodhi Bondhu'. More than 14,000 volunteers registered for the cause and have been providing yeoman's service for the people of the State by closely working with the Government civil administration amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The main objectives of this voluntary mobilization and management program include telephonic communication with vulnerable groups like the elderly and children to provide emotional and psychological support. Other roles include, additional manpower for non-medical response needs, advocating of social distancing and hygiene amongst the masses, developing coordination, reporting and feedback mechanism through community reach-out during lockdown and helping with various bank transactions.
The Protirodhi Bondhu Volunteers of Morangi Revenue Circle have been disseminating information, creating awareness and advocating the rules of social distancing and hygiene amongst the masses. Under the patronage of Rony Rajkumar – District Project Officer of DDMA (District Disaster Management Authority) Golaghat, Akash Sharma – Field Officer (Disaster Management) of Morangi Revenue Circle and Banashree Malakar – Circle Officer of Morangi Revenue Circle, a team of Protirodhi Bondhu Volunteers have been disseminating information and creating awareness among masses at places like – Rangajan, Morangi, Doigrung, Purabangla, Murphulani, Telgaram, Bishnupur, Kanaighat. The team of Protorodhi Bondhu Volunteers goes to busy locations like banks, CSPs, grocery shops, petrol pumps, and other business establishments of mass gatherings and ensures that everyone is wearing a mask in public and following the rules of social distancing. They also ensure that all the operators or shopkeepers keep hand wash or hand sanitizing facilities at their respective business establishments. Furthermore, the Protirodhi Bondhu Volunteers also asks the operators or shopkeepers not to render any services to any people who are there without wearing masks.
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