Gangtok: Sikkim‘s lone Member of Parliament (MP) Indra Hang Subba, has been doing the noble deed of donating books to COVID positive patients in Yuksom, West Sikkim. The primary health centre reported cases among the health care workers testing positive who were in home isolation.

The books were distributed to doctors and nurses, from the personal collection of the MP. He donated motivational and self-help books. In the coming days, he intends on distributing more books to COVID 19 patients. “Away from the motivational genre, I have been considering distributing short stories, adventure tales and travel books as well”, shared the Sikkim MP.

When in isolation, one main concern that arises is staying calm and motivated, it gets difficult in isolation, so to tackle the same, books end up engaging our mind, said the MP. “Those who can read and write, I will be distributing to them. I do consider books to be a man’s best friend in isolation,” he added.

Books were donated among COVID patients by Sikkim’s lone Member of Parliament, Indra Hang Subba

The MP admitted that he wanted to address the concerns of mental well-being. “One cannot say reading to be a remedy, but the habit of it and being surrounded by books helps us. It is a known fact that people are struggling with mental well-being, that can be avoided by books,” he added.

The MP led the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s Read and Grow festival in February 2020. He has been a supporter of the up-gradation of State Central Library in Gangtok and other places in the State, both as a reader and as a member.

“I have been supporting reading culture both on a personal level and even as an MP. In Sikkim, there is a lack of reading culture among the people. When we inculcate a reading habit, the true sense of societal transformation happens for good. The Read and Grow festival team have also been trying to promote the culture of reading in Sikkim. There were many NGOs, and Sikkim Central Library were involved”.

If a situation arises for more books for COVID patients, the MP is confident of finding donors for books. The MP gave away most of the books he was carrying. Even the Kanchenjunga Conservation Committee in Yuksom was also handed over books and also urged to set up a library.

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