Guwahati, May 7— As millions of poor families from across creeds, castes and classes are staring starvation due to the continuous Coronavirus-driven lockdown in India’s one of the poorest states, local businessman-politician Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has opened his purse to save the humanity.
Sitting three-time Lok Sabha MP from Assam’s Dhubri constituency, perfume baron Ajmal has distributed ration kits among 75,000 poor families through his NGOs Ajmal CSR, Markazul Ma’arif and Ajmal Foundation. In the ongoing lockdown 3.0, he has announced to take the ration to additional one lakh families.
“We have so far distributed more than 75 thousand food packs, each containing ration for 15 days for a 5-member family, and we are preparing for additional one lakh to be distributed amid this lockdown-3 within this blessed month of Ramazan,” said Ajmal who is also a graduate of India’s most respected Islamic seminary – Darul Uloom Deoband.
He is also making arrangement to help the stranded migrant workers of Assam and provide them food.
“The bigger problem is of those migrant workers who got stuck due to the lockdown. Therefore, our priority is to focus on supporting migrants along with helping local poor and needy people,” said Ajmal.
Ajmal, who is national president of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), which is second largest state party in the Assembly with 13 MLAs, has been doing his large-scale relief work through his Ajmal CSR – the biggest federation of NGOs in Northeast India.
With its two main partners – Markazul Ma’arif and Ajmal Foundation – Ajmal CSR is rendering social services towards the poor and needy people ever since the first lockdown was implemented across the country on March 24.
“The situation is growing worse for those who are migrant workers who survive on daily wages and do not have enough money to support basic household expenses or travel back to their native places,” said Ajmal CSR in a statement.
“In the past too, both these two premier NGOs under Ajmal CSR always stood with people affected by any calamity or disaster providing them with every possible aid all over the country, especially in the northeast region of India,” it said.
Ajmal’s NGOs are helping the poor of all faiths.
“This time again, Ajmal Foundation and Markazul Ma’arif, cutting across all religious and linguistic differences, are reaching out to the people stranded in lockdown with food, masks, sanitizers and other essential or precautionary goods needed in the corona pandemic,” said Ajmal CSR.
As Ramazan has commenced during the lockdown from April 25, the NGOs are also providing essentials for Sehri (pre-dawn food) and Iftar (food for breaking fast) to Muslim families.
“Since the holy month of Ramadhan has started, we are working on two fronts. One is to support and help those who are helplessly abandoned amid lockdown in urban areas while the other is to provide Iftar-Sehri kits along with essentials to thousands of poor and needy families in the rural areas,” said Sirajuddin Ajmal, joint CEO of Ajmal CSR and former Member of Lok Sabha.
Meanwhile, Badruddin Ajmal has also offered hostels and other facilities of his educational institutions to the local government administration for quarantine purpose.