Guwahati: After serving cooked food to over three lakh people in need during the lockdown in 2020, Khalsa Centre North East has started its new initiative of providing Oxygen to the needy in the city through Oxygen Concentrators. The initiative has been launched in association with the internationally acclaimed Khalsa Aid, which has provided 20 machines for the same.
Khalsa Centre North East has been running a weekly Langar at Northeast India’s biggest cancer hospital, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati, for over 2 years. They have provided relief to lakhs of people during floods and the lockDown for 66 days in their ‘Fight Against Hunger’ movement from March 2020 to May 2020.
Seeing the shortage of medical oxygen for homes in the city, the group has started providing free oxygen concentrators to the patients in the city who are in need for one week, in order to circulate them more among the needy.
Captain PP Singh, Chairman of Khalsa Centre North East, informed that though people were caught unaware and unprepared in 2020 and there was a major food crisis and loss of jobs, the Khalsa Centre North East provided cooked food to thousands of people every day.
But this time there is a major shortage of oxygen and they have decided to get oxygen concentrators to help the people in need in the state.
Captain Singh said that though there is no major crisis of oxygen in the state, thousands of patients who have been advised home treatment need oxygen concentrators, which reportedly is facing a shortage here. So the group has decided to procure these concentrators from outside and got in touch with Amarpreet Singh Khalsa, MD, Khalsa Aid India, who immediately reassured them to send 20 oxygen concentrators as required.
Captain PP Singh informed that they got these concentrators on Sunday, and a lot of people have been calling them since, from districts as far as Golaghat, Jorhat, Sonitpur, etc., to help them with these concentrators. But due to high demand in Guwahati, Khalsa Centre North East has decided first to focus inside the city, and if required and possible, subsequently, they will try to help people in other districts too.
Singh informed that they launched their ‘Free Oxygen Langar’ program on Monday, May 17, and are giving concentrators to people for a maximum of seven days after taking the security of Rs 11,000 which is refunded after the safe return of the machine, which costs almost Rs 90,000.
He said that to ensure maximum people are benefitted by this, they are giving it free for the first four days, after which they are charging Rs. 500 per day, basically to discourage people from keeping it longer than required.
He also thanked Khalsa Aid CEO Sardar Ravi Singh Khalsa and their MD for the Asia-Pacific region, Amarpreet Singh Khalsa, for helping them and assuring any possible help in the future too.
PP Singh informed that they had a general body meeting on Monday, where it was decided unanimously to confine the service to Guwahati only for the time being, as there is a greater demand here and also to ensure people do not keep it for a long time.
He said that it was also decided to pursue the case of getting land with the government for their project of setting up a Community Charity Complex, which will also include a Community Kitchen to strengthen the fight against hunger. The meeting was attended by Vice President Narinder Singh, Vice President Jaswinder Singh, Gen Secy Rajinder Singh, Baljit Singh, Satnam Singh Syan, Ravi Singh Oberoi, Ram Singh, Harmit Singh, Dr Supreet Kaur Oberoi, Nachhatar Singh, Amritpal Singh, Gullu Singh, Bishal Singh and others.