India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki and its employees have contributed Rs 3.5 crore to help the flood victims of Kerala. The information was given on behalf of the company on Tuesday. The statement from Maruti said that it has given Rs 2 crore to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for strengthening the government’s relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation work. Apart from this, the company’s employees have provided financial assistance of 1.5 crore rupees. In addition, two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto has announced financial assistance worth Rs 2 crore to the flood-affected area of Kerala. The company said on Tuesday that the amount of one crore rupees will be given directly to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and allocation of remaining one crore rupees has been done to distribute packets of the daily needs of the people affected by the Janaki Devi Bajaj Gram Vikas Sansthan (JBGVS).
This contribution is in excess of 50 lakhs given by various Bajaj Trusts. It was stated in the official statement that through this amount Bajaj Auto will make available packets of basic and essential items to one thousand people of flood-affected areas. The company will supply these packets through its commercial vehicle dealerships and NGOs. This packet will have consist of water filters, essential food items, plastic mat, blankets, and towels etc.
A petition filed in the Supreme Court has demanded proper implementation of the rehabilitation program and judicial monitoring for flood victims of Kerala. Kerala Attorney Advocate Sigi Antony has sought information from the Center about the steps taken by the Center. He also wanted to know whether other agencies including the United Nations and the World Health Organization have offered any help to deal with the emergency.
It has been said in the petition that the Center can not withdraw from the defense of the life of citizens of the country. It has been said in the same context that even if no request was made by the state government, the Center should intervene by itself and ‘protect the life and liberty of citizens and others’.
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