Pune: BhaRiPa Chief Prakash Ambedkar said that the Maharashtra government should help rebuild the houses in Kerala and people of Maharashtra will generously come out in support and contribute for this purpose.
Ambedkar and Abhijit Vaidya of the Arogya Sena were speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday.
“Kerala is reeling under an unprecedented crisis. But the needs of the Keralite people, who are undergoing this tragedy, are specific. 17 lakh homes have been destroyed according to the latest figures,” Ambedkar said, and added, “The Government of Maharashtra should take the initiative to help the people of Kerala to rebuild their homes. If Chief Minister Fadnavis makes an appeal, many people will be ready to come forward and contribute money, cement and bricks too.”
“The people of Kerala have been getting all kinds of help, but it is very unorganised. The primary need of the people in Kerala is of residential facilities and homes. The Maharashtra government can also supply tents to the Kerala government,” said Ambedkar, adding, “The chief ministers of Maharashtra, as well as Kerala, must specify exactly what way and what kind of help is needed from the people.”
Activists of the BhaRiPa Bahujan Mahasangh will accompany the 10-member mission of doctors from Maharashtra which will be leaving from Pune on August 30 to offer their services to the flood-affected Kerala.
The Arogya Sena has been involved in medical aid during Kashmir floods, Nepal earthquake and other natural disasters.
Talking about the mission, Vaidya said, “The aid sent from the people is of used clothes and vessels. But even though they are victims, people prefer to preserve dignity. Hence, we prefer that the aid be either in monetary form or in newly bought clothes or vessels.”
“We are providing our medical services in coordination with our Kerala units and will be helped by BhaRiPa activists for the same,” he added.