Aizawl: At a time when most people stayed indoors and many families especially in rural villages were hit hard due to lack of food items following the week-long partial lockdown over the scare of the deadly coronavirus, a Mizoram legislator has become an epitome of humanity by setting out to the people and extending help in kind to feed the needy people.
Concerning about the general health and the prevailing crisis triggered by the outbreak of coronavirus, Lalrinsanga Ralte, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) MLA from Serlui constituency on the northern fringe of the state bordering Assam, on Monday donated Rs 10,000 each to village-level task force on COVID-19 through 22 village council presidents within his constituency.
His love for the people of his constituency compelled him to give financial help to ensure that no one starves during the fight against the deadly disease, he said.
Ralte said, “Although the financial help was nothing in terms of quantity, I wanted to convey my love to my people by reaching out to them in kind.”
He said that the money will be distributed by each village level task forces to those families, who face food shortage due to partial lockdown. There are at least 22 villages within Serlui constituency in the northernmost of the state bordering Assam and Manipur.
Ralte said that Serlui constituency is vulnerable to novel coronavirus since it is situated on the inter-state border. He said that the people are on the verge of facing food shortage as they were highly agriculture depending families. “I don’t want my people to be starved because of the prevailing situation. I will extend all possible help to comfort them both in kind and words,” Ralte said.
He also urged the people to approach him through village leaders in case they face any problems in connection with coronavirus.
Last week, Ralte also installed at least 18 water tanks with soaps and hand sanitizers at several villages within Serlui constituency to enable people wash their hands regularly. He has also provided 70 surgical gowns to police and medical team, who conducted screening at Vairengte check gate.
Ralte, who is also the vice chairman of rubber and allied crops development board of the state government, asked people not to panic because of the virus but strictly followed the government guidelines to prevent its spread.
Stating that he will stand by them in time of distress, Ralte said he shared the problems of the people. “The problem of my people is my own problem and their safety is my safety,” he said while extending comfort to the people of Serlui constituency.