Imphal: In a bid to rein in acts of charity that are done merely for the purpose of publicity, the Manipur government has now restricted the practice of using specially created relief kits with logos, use of loudspeakers, declaring the names of donors, house visits done by organisations and individuals(s) and putting banners of individual donor(s) in vehicles in the name of charity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An order issued by Imphal West district deputy commissioner Th Kirankumar stated that a number of NGOs, CSOs, clubs, organisations and individual(s) have started distribution of food and medical items or COVID-19 relief kits in various localities of the district during the pandemic.

It further stated that it has also observed that such acts of charity in the form of kind or cash is often accompanied with the use of loudspeakers, public gatherings, house to house visits and more importantly the use of specially created relief kits/packages with names or logos, etc, for media coverage and social media consumption.

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While appreciating such kindness extended in any form and welcoming such gesture or act of kindness and charity done in good faith and in solidarity with the masses affected by the dreaded pandemic, the use of media or social media outlets for gaining publicity in the name of charity is highly undesirable and it defeats and undermines the very purpose and sanctity associated with charity, the order noted.

It has become imperative to immediately curb and stop such undesirable and emerging trends in the interest of the general public, stated the order.

The district magistrate further warned that any person(s) found violating the order shall be penalised under relevant provisions of law.

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