NGO to help victims of militancy
30 March 2002
Srinagar: Gousia Gareeb Nawaz Trust (GGNT), an NGO to help the militancy-hit people of Jammu and Kashmir, was launched here today with Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah as its patron. The trust will help children, orphaned due to militancy, get admission in professional colleges outside the state, Mr Abdullah told reporters, spelling out its objectives. Asserting that people of all faiths have suffered during the over a decade-long militancy in the state, he said the trust would help the militancy-hit people of all the three regions of the state irrespective of their religion and caste. The first meeting of the GGNT today adopted its constitution and decided to create a corpus fund. The Chief Minister announced Rs 5 lakh as his personal contribution to the fund. Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of children orphaned due to militancy. A number of families were left without any financial support and orphaned children without any source to pursue their studies. “While the government is doing its bit to ameliorate the condition of the affected people, given the magnitude of sufferings it is necessary that NGOs should come forward to help the needy and the destitute. GGNT is a right step in this direction,” he said. Works Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar is the president of the trust, which has 21 prominent citizens and social workers in the state as its members. J and K Bank Chairman Mohammad Yusuf Khan is its financial adviser and Ali Mohammad Magrey secretary.