New Delhi: Rising to the occasion to provide relief in the country wherever calamity strikes, prominent Ram Katha orator Morari Bapu has committed Rs 1 crore to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) so as to assuage the suffering of those who have been hit by ravaging floods in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Seeing that hundreds of people have been killed and many more stranded due to River Jhelum being in spate, Bapu would be handing over Rs 1 crore to help those in need in the northern state.
Bapu feels the money would be well used by the PM’s Relief Fund to recompense kin of those who have lost their lives or to the injured or for providing rehabilitation to those who have lost their land, property or whose fields etc have been destroyed.
It was last year in June 2013 that Morari Bapu had made a special appeal to collect money for Uttarakhand Rahat Kosh during his Ramayana discourse at Bakersfield, California, US.
A total of Rs 11 crore had been raised by impromptu donations of his followers worldwide and listeners of Ram Katha. Rs 1 crore will now be commissioned from the unused amount and re-directed towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The rest will be disbursed in Uttarakhand as a measure of continuing support between October 10 and15 this year.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been struck by one the worst cases of flooding in post Independence history and over 2500 villages have been affected, of which 450 have been completely submerged. People have been forced to move out, leaving behind their homes and valuables, and are without proper shelter and warm clothes in these trying circumstances.