BHARAT PLEDGES $1 BN AID TO QUAKE-RAVAGED NEPAL
Bharat pledged an assistance of $1 billion to the quake-ravaged Nepal for its massive re-construction programme. The announcement was made by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the International Donors' Conference in Kathmandu on June 22.
Led by Bharat and China, global donors pledged over $3.5 billion as aid to Nepal, meeting half of the $6.7 billion needed to rebuild the nation, as Nepalese Prime Minister vowed "full transparency'' and ''zero-tolerance'' to corruption in disbursing the relief money to the victims. Pledging the aid, Swaraj asserted Bharat would strongly stand behind the Nepalese Government, which is seeking to "wipe the tears" of every Nepalese citizen.
"EKAL VIDYALAYA FOUNDATION" COMMITS RS. 2 CRORES FOR NEPAL VICTIMS
Shyamji Gupta, Founder-Chairman of "Ekal-India" happened to be in Nepal when the earthquake struck and so he personally initiated the relief efforts after witnessing the tragedy first-hand that unfolded. As of April'2015, Ekal had 1,500 schools operating in Nepal's rural areas. Ekal, was not only familiar with its people, its culture and life's necessities, but also, had well-established rapport with the local governments. As the news of destruction hit the world, 'Ekal Organization' under the leadership of Ravidev ji Gupta sprang into action to start coordinating rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts with its selfless volunteering force of 1,600 Nepali regulars. Within days, Ekal's own survey indicated that 626 Ekal-Villages were affected, 365 Ekal teacher's housings were destroyed and over 250 Ekal schools were badly damaged. In earthquake ravaged regions, Ekal extended help irrespective of caste, region and creed etc. Essential food items and medicines, 9743 tarpaulin, and 11,500 blankets were distributed which benefitted approximately 5,000 families in 400 villages. The team of Doctors treated 500 patients in 'Sindupalchowk' district and 400 patients in 'Lalitpur' district for wounds, gastric problems, psychiatric interventions and orthopedic injuries. According to Subhashji Gupta, past President and current Advisor to Ekal-USA, total commitment of Ekal in Nepal is likely to exceed Rs. 2 Crores.
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