IMPHAL: As a mark of honouring the entire journalists’ fraternity who has been reaching out news every day to the people of Manipur amid Covid-19, the Manipur Apex Handloom Weavers and Handicrafts Artisans C.S Limited (AWAS) has made a bulk donation of handloom masks to All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) on Tuesday.
During the handing over of handloom mask at Manipur Press Club, Chairman of AWAS K. Indira said that the AWAS artisans is donating their first stitched handloom masks to the journalists who are working with dedication and responsibility in the frontline in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic. AWAS is also targeting to distribute their own stitched handloom masks to all the relief committees opened in 60 Assembly constituencies under the initiative of respective constituency MLA.
She further said that because of lockdown, her firm is facing difficulty in acquiring raw materials currently.
There will be no deficiency of masks in the state if the stock threads are provided to all the dealers of the state. She appealed to CM and Industries minister to look into the matter at the earliest. Currently, AWAS has kept 30, 000 masks in stock.
President of AMWJU Bijoy Kakchingtabam expressed his gratefulness to AWAS on behalf of the journalist union/reporters for acknowledgement of the journalists’ contributions towards the society and added that every reporter should be careful while collecting news during this critical situation. As a part of precautionary measures, mask is a very much important protective gear, he said.
He further said that in the beginning, the journalists and hawkers faced lots of problems due to non-availability of masks and sanitizers. Because of this reason, the hawker’s association had even discontinued distributing newspaper for a few days. He further gave his words of appreciation to AWAS for donating the masks in the middle of the global pandemic.
AWAS has also donated masks to three organizations who are contributing its services voluntarily in the state namely Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Able Persons Manipur (RCWDAPM), All Tribal Disable Union (ATDU) and Hope Home at Takyel Kongpal. Later, the donated masks were distributed to all the reporters working for different media houses in the state.