Tawang DA advises donors to contribute to CMRF, PMCF

TAWANG, Apr 24: Several NGOs, individuals, organizations and market welfare secretaries of Tawang district are working selflessly in the fight against Covid-19, such as by providing essential services at the people’s doorsteps without charges.
While many are providing free masks, sanitizers, etc, to the needy people, many others have offered cash contributions to the district administration.
On Friday, the founding director of Manjushree orphanage, Lama Thupten Phuntsok, brought a cheque for Rs 1 lakh, in addition to cheques for Rs 2 lakhs each for the chief minister’s relief fund (CMRF) and the PM Cares fund (PMCF), while Tendon Cultural Preservation Society president Lama Ngawang Norbu brought a cheque for Rs 15,000, in addition to cheques for Rs 30,000 each for the CMRF and the PMCF.
Earlier, on 16 April, the monks of the Tawang monastery contributed Rs 1 lakh fifty each to the CMRF and the PMCF.
Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok, however, declined the donations meant for the district administration, saying it would be inappropriate for the administration to handle such cash, “more so when the state government is providing sufficient funds for the cause.”
The DC advised the donors to either directly help the needy or do so through NGOs and other organizations.
The donors therefore offered the contributions to the Tawang Monpa Employees Society (TMES). They were received by TMES chairman and ADC Lobsang Tsering.
The ADC later handed over sanitizers and masks to the Tawang monastery, Manjushree orphanage, and the Tendon Society.
Earlier also, MLAs Tsering Tashi and Jambey Tashi had offered their two months’ salaries to the administration, but the DC suggested to them to donate to the CMRF and the PMCF instead.
The administration has expressed gratitude to the donors for their generosity, as well as to the frontline workers for their selfless services during the nationwide lockdown. (DIPRO)