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More donations pour in

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JAN. 1. After rather low-key New Year's Day celebrations in the Capital, the efforts for collecting funds and relief materials for tsunami-affected people in southern States continued on Saturday also. A large number of social organisations have been organising camps to collect donations in cash and kind from people in various localities, while government bodies and political parties are also contributing towards the cause.

Delhi's Lieutenant-Governor, B.L. Joshi, and Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, accompanied by the Chief Secretary, the Police Commissioner and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) Vice-Chairman, handed over a cheque for Rs.6 crore to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, for the National Relief Fund. The money was pooled in by the Delhi Government (Rs.2 crores), DDA (Rs.2 crores), Delhi Police (Rs.1.70 crores) and DDA employees (Rs.30 lakhs).

Similarly, the Central Bank of India has announced a donation of Rs.2 crores towards the relief fund besides authorising its branches to collect donations from general public, public and private companies and institutions without any service charges. The Church's Auxiliary for Social Action, the official arm of 24 Orthodox and Protestant churches in India, has send a initial relief package comprising food, water, medical aid and medicines, clothing and tents worth over Rs.9 crores to tsunami-affected areas while another social organisation -- World Vision -- has also announced a similar rehabilitation package for the affected people. The Yashwant Place Mini Market Traders' Association in the New Delhi Municipal Council area also contributed Rs.51,000 to the relief fund.

Meanwhile, the Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today despatched 10 truckloads of relief materials comprising medicines, clothing and tents in the presence of senior party leaders including Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Sushma Swaraj. Similarly, the Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress has announced that a team of its activists would be going to the tsunami-hit areas to coordinate and monitor rehabilitation work. It has also asked all its units to collect relief material by organising camps.

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