Various civil society organisations representing the Hmar ethnic people on Monday felicitated frontline COVID-19 warriors at the Haflong Civil Hospital in Assam’s Dima Hasao district, a leader said.
Led by Lalropui Hmar, president of Hmar Women’s Association (HWA), Assam Hills, leaders of Hmar Youth Association (HYA) and Hmar Students’ Association (HSA) organised a function under the banner “We salute you” at Haflong civil hospital. They felicitated healthcare workers as a token of gratitude and appreciation towards their outstanding services to humankind during the Covid-19 pandemic, HSA general secretary Josef V. Toulor said.
HWA and HYA are the lone Hmar women body and philanthropic organisation respectively, while the HSA is the oldest organisation of the Hmar people.
Dima Hasao deputy commissioner Paul Baruah, additional deputy commissioner Lalrohlu Khiengte and Assam health department joint director Dr Dipali Barman also made their august presence at the function, according to Toulor.
He said that the Hmar organisations handed over citations to the deputy commissioner and health joint director during the function.
In recognition of their selfless and relentless services, about 96 doctors, nurses and Grad-IV workers employed in the hospital were honoured with woven Hmar scarves (Gamsa), he said.
They were also provided with eatables, he said.
Baruah lauded the Hmar organisations for their Samaritan acts and for developing a heart for healthcare workers.
He urged the leaders to collectively work for the good cause in extending helping hands to others.
Speaking on the occasion, Barman said the frontline workers would continue to remain round-the-clock vigil to extend medical assistance to the people in these trying times triggered by COVID-19.
She also expressed gratitude for noble acts done by the Hmar organisations. The HWA, HSA, HYA are the three major organisations of Hmar people affiliated to the Hmar supreme house- Hmar Inpui.
They are headquartered at Churachandpur in Manipur, having branches and units in different parts of the country, especially in the Northeast region.
The Hmar people are one of the major tribes among Chin –Kuki-Mizo ethnic group.
They scatter across the country, especially in the northeastern states with their major concentration in Mizoram, Manipur and Assam.
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