Churachandpur: As an act of compassion and to understand the ground reality at a time of crisis, the deputy commissioner of Churachandpur district, Dharun Kumar, spent a night with the internally displaced persons at a relief camp at Old Gelmol village, located on the outskirts of Churachandpur town on Tuesday.
During his stay, the deputy commissioner, who has visited almost all the relief camps in the district since the outbreak of the crisis, also handed over warm clothing, including blankets and other essential items to the inmates.
Accompanied by additional deputy commissioner Thangboi Gangte, DC Kumar shared dinner with the relief camp inmates. The duo returned home the following morning.
Awestruck by the gesture, inmates of the relief camp, volunteers and the village authority expressed their deep appreciation and gratitude to the deputy commissioner for his compassionate gesture.
Expressing his intention of meeting the IDPs and spending a night, DC Kumar stated “I wanted to express 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 living conditions.
The deputy commissioner also encouraged open communication and feedback from the inmates towards making improvements to the camp and the living conditions of the inmates.
“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 challenging times, stressing the importance of collective efforts by all stakeholders,” he added.
The deputy commissioner also assured all the inmates that the situation was being monitored and would provide supportand work towards full recovery until they could return to their homes.
Mention may be made that, in his endeavour to get close to the IDPs and build trust, Dharun Kumar routinely had dinners with children and other inmates either at the relief camps or at 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.