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SRINAGAR — Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema, an amalgam of various religious bodies in Kashmir and Anjuman-e-Auqaaf Jamia Masjid on Tuesday urged people across Kashmir to form Mohalla committees and to collect Baitul Mall (charity) for helping poor and destitute in the present challenging times.

The MMU and Auqaf urged people to form small groups of youth volunteers in every area who would identify the families who are in dire need of food and other essential commodities.

A spokesman of Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) said the lockdown imposed by the government in a bid to prevent the spread of pandemic COVID-19 has triggered a crisis in Kashmir as a large chunk of people including labourers, orphans, widows and other downtrodden people are in a dire need of monetary support and other essential things needed to survive.

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“We request people across the Valley to form small groups of youth volunteers under the patronage of area/village elders to identify the needy and help them by raising Baitul-Maal on daily basis,” he said.

Similar views were expressed by the spokesman of Anjuman-e-Auqaaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar who stated that in the present challenging times, there is a need of taking care of poor and needy. “In Kashmir, there are hundreds of families who are in need and may be on the verge of starvation,” a statement said.

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“The panic triggered by the pandemic of COVID-19 has added to miseries of these people. So it’s the collective duty of people of Kashmir to extend a helping hand to these people who are in dire need of support at this juncture,” it said, adding that every Mohalla/Locality must have a team of volunteers who would collect essential items like rice, edibles, oil, gas and other items for the families in need.

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