Churachandpur deputy commissioner Dharun Kumar spent a night with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) on Tuesday at a relief camp at Old Gelmol village, located on the outskirts of the town as per the DIO.
He was accompanied by additional DC Thangboi Gangte where they had dinner together with the inmates of the relief camp and the duo stayed overnight at the camp only returning home on Thursday morning.
On the occasion, the DC also handed out warm clothing including blankets and other items to the inmates.
Meanwhile, touched by the gesture of the deputy commissioner, who not only
visited the camp but chose to spend the night with the IDPs, inmates of the camp, and the volunteers who look after the camp, the village authority expressed their deep appreciation and gratitude to the DC for his compassionate gesture.
Dharun Kumar said, “We wanted to express our deep understanding of the challenges, difficulties and hardships of displacement and convey our heartfelt empathy and compassion for the relief camp inmates, emphasising our commitment to ensure that all relief camp inmates receive essential services and improve the living conditions. I also wanted to encourage open communication and feedback from the relief camp inmates by listening to their concerns and suggestions to make improvements”.
“We are not just providing immediate relief but also supporting the recovery and rehabilitation of the affected families. I want to express their gratitude for the resilience and strength demonstrated by the relief camp inmates in the challenging times stressing on the importance of collective efforts with all stakeholders,” he added.
He also assured all the inmates that the situation was being monitored and would provide support and work towards full recovery until they could return to their homes.
Dharun Kumar routinely had dinners with children and other inmates either at the relief camps or his residence, apart from distributing various learning and recreational items to the displaced children.
The deputy commissioner has visited almost all camps located outside the district headquarters and interacted with them enquiring about their needs and wants personally.
Besides, he is in constant touch with philanthropic organisations running relief camps at different places within the district.
Also, under the active supervision of Dharun Kumar, the district administration, in collaboration with NGOs, imparted skill training to IDPs at different relief camps with the objective to skill them and enable them to make a living on their own.