Maha minister Satej Patil launches ‘Salaam Kolhapurkar', an initiative to felicitate COVID-19 heroes

To appreciate efforts put in by citizens, NGOs and various organisations that helped Kolhapur administration during the COVID-19 pandemic, Maharashtra Minister of State for Home and Information Technology and senior Congress leader, Satej Patil, on Wednesday, launched a unique initiative called ‘Salaam Kolhapurkar’.

The first-of-its-kind drive in the country, Salaam Kolhapurkar, will felicitate citizens, NGOs, various organisations and workers from various political parties who have helped the Kolhapur administration manage the COVID-19 pandemic. These people and organisations have been at the forefront donating plasma, blood, ensuring vaccination of the veterans, arranging food for the patients, operating hearse for the last rites of the patients in Kolhapur district.

Banners and posters along with a message of appreciation for these COVID-19 warriors were put across the Kolhapur district.

The citizens who were felicitated include four college girls—Arpita Raut, Anchal Katyare, Shreya Chaugule and Shruti Chaugule—who distributed breakfast to the relatives of the COVID-19 patients at CPR hospital using their pocket money. Sambhaji Salunkhe of Sevavrat Pratisthan, Avdhoot Bhatye of The Nation First, Aishwarya Munishwar of Seva Nilayam Foundation undertook donation of blood, plasma, vaccination of senior citizens. Priya Patil drove hearse carrying bodies of COVID-19 victims and ensured that their final rites were performed with full respect. A group of volunteers under the banner of White Army was active since the beginning of the pandemic, shouldering many responsibilities and helping citizens of Kolhapur.

Along with them, Bhaskar Bhosale, Comrade Milind Yadav, Amol Buddhe, Kalpana Bhatia, Auto driver Jitendra Shinde, Harshal Surve, Sakshi Panhalkar, Deepa Shipurkar, Sarika Bakare and social organisations such as Yuvasevak Foundation, Kolhapur District Baitulmal Committee, Hunger Helper Group, Manaspandan Foundation, Kolhapur We Care - NGO Compasion 24, Rotary Movement of Kolhapur, Credai Kolhapur, Forty Oners Club of Kolhapur, Uttareshwar Thali found their names on Salaam Kolhapurkar banners and hoardings.

Speaking about the campaign, Satej Patil said, “Number of people, NGOs, political workers across the party lines have been working to help people and patient during this pandemic since the last 15 months. They have provided great solace to the patients and their families who have gone through a great amount of turmoil during the pandemic. These people and the organisations surely deserve a pat on their back. ‘Salaam Kolhapurkar’ is one such initiative to appreciate their selfless efforts and the services towards the society."

Patil has urged people to come forward in appreciating such initiatives to inspire them to do more good work. “Our frontline and health workers including doctors, nurses, police, Asha-Anganwadi workers, sanitation workers have been working tirelessly ever since the outbreak of the pandemic. But a similar number of hands are at the work behind the curtains. We salute these known-unknown faces for their unparalleled work over the last 15 months. These unsung heroes are warriors of this battle which we have been fighting unitedly. Let’s join hands to appreciate them,” he said.

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