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Phulkaris to PPE kits

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Fatehgarh Sahib: A large number of rural women in Bassi Pathana, who earn their livelihood by making phulkaris, in association with NGO Mehar Baba Charitable Trust have started stitching PPE kits, gowns and masks for frontline Covid warriors. Impressed with the quality of their products, a renowned firm has placed a huge order with them. Among other things, the artisans specialise in making reusable three-layered protective fabric face masks. Robin Gupta of the trust said this exemplary work of the rural women was being appreciated widely.

In debt cycle

Abohar: The previous SAD-BJP government had distributed bicycles among girl students of government schools under the Mai Bhago scheme. The students belonging to BPL families were eligible for the benefit. Ironically, many of these cycles, which carried the slogan "Raj Nahin Sewa" and picture of party patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, are ending up with junk dealers. Amid lockdown, poor families are finding it difficult to get the cycles repaired. An Abohar resident said the cycle was no more required as her daughter had completed her education, while another said he had no work so he sold several household items to make ends meet.

Cool comfort

Fazilka: The PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Punjab chapter, and PHD Rural Development Foundation have offered four truckloads of apple juices for distribution among the needy in view of the hot weather and ongoing crisis. At least 1.25 lakh juice bottles were received by representatives of different NGOs in the town on Saturday. The juice bottles would also be kept at Saadi Rasoi where it would be offered free of cost along with subsidised meal. Besides, juices would be distributed among poor patients at the district hospital, elders at old-age homes and schoolchildren.

from The Tribune

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