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Punjab flood relief update

Fellow Old Cottonian’s

It gives me great pleasure to inform that in response to our appeal for contributions for the Punjab Flood Relief Fund a number of OC’s from India as well as abroad have sent in their most generous  and in-valuable contributions, details of which I will be mentioning below. Firstly I express my utmost gratitude to all those who have contributed financially as well as otherwise for their compassion  towards this extremely important cause as the victims of the recent floods in Punjab do not only need relief but rehabilitation as well. With the help of some of your invaluable contributions OCA INDIA has been able to provide much needed relief material like drinking water, medicines etc. through Mr. Daljit Singh Gill – Batch 1967 and his companions.

As you all are aware for projects like these any amount of contribution in any form is never enough also the entire relief work is being financed completely from funds contributed by OC’s voluntarily and not through the OCA corpus, so I appeal to all fellow Old Cottonians to please contribute to make this selfless cause a success. Also please be informed that we have decided that the total amount of funds collected by October 30th 2019 will be used for the final execution of this Relief Work.

Detail of funds collected in the OCA India Bank Account

NAME

AMOUNT

Mr.Vijay Khurana

Rs.10569/-

Mr.Sandeep Puri

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Pritinder Singh

Rs.5000/-

Mr.K.C.Anand

Rs.10000/-

Brig.H.S.Nagra

Rs.10000/-

Mr.G.S.Anand

Rs.15000/-

Mr.Dhiraj Berry

Rs.5000/-

Mr.Dhiraj Berry

Rs.5000/-

Mr.Ajay Thiara

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Davinder Singh Jaaj

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Rajmohinder Singh

Rs.10000/-

DGP Brar

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Surinder Singh Saron

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Anil Kumar- Victor

Rs.10000/-

Mr.Saranjit Singh (Bogie)

Rs.20000/-

Total-

1,50,569/-

For the optimum use of this fund we have appointed Brig. H.S. Nagra,9915322277  and Dheeraj Berry, 9814060426 as the Project in Charge to have consultations with the OC volunteers of Punjab to finalise the ideal relief work to be executed. One suggestion that is being considered as of now is to install Commercial RO Water Purifier Plants to provide a permanent solution for the drinking water problem that is going to exist for a long time.

Besides the above detailed contributions there were a few others that were sent directly to provide immediate needed relief material.

1)   Mr. Vijay Bhambri – Batch 1967 transferred an amount of Rs,49500/- directly in the bank account of a Manufacturer of Bottled Drinking Water in Jalandhar. Already this amount has been used to buy much needed drinking water and distributed in various flood affected villages in Punjab.

2)   Mr. Jemini Sharma- Batch 1967 transferred directly in the account of a Medicine supplier in Jalandhar an amount of Rs.5000/- which was used to distribute medicines.

3)   Mr. Daljit Singh Gill – Batch 1967 with his family has contributed an amount of Rs.28000/- which he has spent in purchasing and distributing relief material during his multiple visits to these affected areas. He has been able to get the NGO GOONJ to also send a truck load of relief material like clothes, sanitary napkins, utensils, blankets, school bags, stationery etc. which he has been distributing with other GOONJ volunteers.

Contributions can be deposited in OCA INDIA Bank account – details below:

Account Name:   OCA INDIA

Bank: UCO Bank, BCS Shimla

IFS Code: UCBA 0001971

Ac.Number: 1971 0100 001970

Note: All contributions to OCA INDIA for this purpose will be eligible for Income Tax Deduction U/s.80G.

 

Davinder Singh Jaaj

President OCA India & Executive Members

Flood relief / contributions sought

Dear OC’s.

I’am writing to inform you that the incessant rains during this years Monsoon season have played havoc in the state of Punjab resulting in a terrible tragedy in the making.

A senior OC Mr.Daljit Singh Gill (Class of 67) along with some of his companions are working selflessly for providing relief in the badly flooded villages in Punjab by providing drinking water, medicines and other relief material.

He has requested for OC’s to make a contribution to help battle this tragedy.

I would like to request all other OC’s to try and lend a shoulder to this cause. Following are the bank details of the OCA where you may send your contributions.

OCA India
Bank details:
UCO bank BCS Shimla.
IFS code UCBA 0001971
Ac no : 19710100001970.

Your help in overcoming this tragedy would be much appreciated.

D. Singh Jaaj
President – OCA INDIA.

Old Cottonian Sandeep Mansukhani – next climb planned for Mt. ELBRUS

Sandeep Mansukhani summited Mt Everest on May 21, 2018 and made us all very proud.

Three Cheers!

Sandeep will be leaving on 17 July, 2019 to attempt Mt Elbrus, the highest peak of Europe.  

Mr. Mansukhani is seeking support from the OCA Chapters and from Old Cottonians who are able to assist in his venture to successfully plant the BCS flag atop the highest peak on the European Continent. 

His account details are as follows:

Sandeep Mansukhani
ICICI Bank
Account no: 000701246606
IFSC Code: ICIC0000007
Connaught Place branch – New Delhi 

You can also contact Sandeep Mansukhani directly at sonu0422@yahoo.com and cellphone +91-9810220422‬

URGENT ASSISTANCE REQUESTED: A Old Cottonian requires a Liver donor

A Old Cottonian urgently requires a liver transplant and is seeking a liver donor [blood type B+ve] and has requested to spread the word among the OCA Community. Our teacher Mr Gauri Shankar’s son RAJIV SHANKAR was at BCS 1962-1974 [Curzon] and has recently retired from Government service in Himachal Pradesh. Rajiv can be contacted directly at India mobile number +91-941-805-0003 email kuku234@yahoo.com

Any responses that might be sent to the OCA will also be passed on directly to Rajiv Shankar.

An appeal to help J&K

Dear Old Cottonians
We make a fervent appeal to all OCs around the world to donate generously to those ravaged by the floods in J&K.  Mr Junaid Azmi Mattu can give give specifics as to how donations may be channeled either by the OCA or by individual members.
Regards
BM Singh [President, OCA India]

Dear Fellow Old Cottonians,

I am staring at the haunting screen of my computer wondering where to start. I am writing to all of you spread across the world to describe a natural calamity that has devastated Jammu & Kashmir and displaced more than a million people, rendering most homeless as cruel, cold winters stare us in the face. The floods that inundated most of Srinagar City and washed away hundreds of villages throughout the length and breadth of the State have left an indelible mark on my heart and mind. Having survived an almost certain death during a rescue operation, I still come home guilty and anguished every night thinking of those who couldn’t make it.

There are heart-rending stories – of a bride’s body in her bridal dress that was fished out days after the floods, of an entire wedding party of fifty disappearing into the waters including the just-weds, tales of mothers jumping into the furious rage of the floods after infants were pulled out of their laps by the gushing fury and swallowed by the waters forever. I have seen people die and disappear up close during the darkest hours of the floods when there were no rescue boats to pull people out. I took a rescue boat into the worst hit area in Srinagar (Jawahar Nagar) the first morning after the city got drowned up to two floors of water and saw people clinging on to straws and stuck on steep rooftops in some of the most affluent neighborhoods of the city – the fabled ‘Paradise on Earth’ – now a big vast pile of crumbled and crumbling houses. Their cries for help, their wailing and their screams will remain with me till I am alive.

Unofficial estimates of the death-toll keep getting revised every day as more and more bodies surface from the receding waters. In my estimation around 1,000 to 1,200 people must have lost their lives in the State. Around one million (10 lakh) people are displaced and homeless with their clothes, food, ration, belongings all swept away. The damage to both public and private infrastructure is incomprehensible and could be upto 100,000 crores.

Entire localities have been devastated. Our hospitals in the city were up to two floors under water – ruining expensive diagnostic equipment, destroying blood-banks and sweeping away supplies and stocks of medicines. The night the Jehlum waters breached the embankments, almost all critically ill children in our Chidren’s Hospital died for want of oxygen and incubation. Numerous pregnant women lost their lives due to complications resulting due to lack of access to doctors and emergent care as Srinagar’s Maternity Hospital got flooded up to the second floor and became inaccessible.

Now, while the rescue operations have officially concluded, we are looking at a human tragedy the scale and magnitude of which is incomprehensible. Hundreds and thousands of people are without drinking water, food, warm clothes and shelter. The threat of epidemics and water-borne diseases looms large over the capital city. The Tourism and Private Sector is almost entirely wiped out – rendering a death-blow to the State’s Economy after we had just started to recover from the devastating political turmoil the State had witnessed. New roads, bridges, public infrastructure, buildings, schools, dispensaries – everything seems to have been swept away like it never existed. Around 1,200 government schools have been swept away – floor, ceiling and roof in the fury.

I write to all of you – my brothers – not as a politician and certainly not as a resident of Jammu and Kashmir alone. I write to you as an Old Cottonian who believes that we could and should all pool in and organize an effort true to the charter, motto and spirit of Bishop Cotton School. This is unambiguously one of the worst National Disasters to have hit India in recent history – comparable perhaps only to the Gujarat Earthquake. While the Government, the Armed Forces, the Air Force has done and will continue to do all it can – this tragedy merits an enormous civic action and effort. Numerous NGOs and thousands of individuals from across the country are pitching in – some even having flown in to personally assist and help. And every hand, every penny and every single quilt that we receive is one small step towards rebuilding and rehabilitating the lives of a million people.

I make a humble appeal to all Old Cottonians’ Associations across the world to contribute and organize a systematic charitable response to this almost apocalyptic catastrophe in India. While the OCs in Punjab could help by collecting and sending off rice, flour and pulses, the OCs in Delhi for instance could focus on bedding, clothes and medicines. A lot could be done by OCs in USA, UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere too. Once the wheels are in motion initially, we can then organize and delegate distinct areas among various OCA groups and chapters – attempting to put forth a holistic, comprehensive relief and rehabilitation effort. I request Presidents of respective OCA Chapters to come forth and help in coordinating an Old Cottonian’s Operation in response to this challenge thrown our way.

Let us all please help in overcoming this tragedy and rebuilding lives.

Regards,
Junaid Azim Mattu
Lefroy, 2003.

Spokesperson – J&K National Conference
Mobile: +91-941946600
Email: junaid.msu@gmail.com