Kolkata: The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly visited Belur Math on Wednesday (April 1) and donated 2,000 kg of rice for the needy as the country continues its battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Belur Math is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Former India captain Ganguly said he visited Belur Math after 25 years.

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On his Twitter page, Ganguly wrote, “Visited belur math after 25 years .. handed over 2000kgs of rice for the needy (sic).” He shared four pictures from his visit.

Ganguly, on his Instagram account, said the process will go on in entire state of West Bengal. “Visited belur math today after 25 yrs .. handed over 2000kgs of rice for the needy.. this process will go on all around the state in the next week ..please contact 9830256977 .. if required ..(sic),” the former left-handed batsman wrote.

In a press release, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission said they have undertaken relief works and are helping with cooked food for stranded labourers as India is under a 21-day lockdown.

“In the wake of the lockdown owing to the global pandemic caused by the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) there has been a severe disruption in normal day to day activities. The Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission have initiated relief services in different parts of the country and abroad to meet the pressing need of the afflicted, specially the poor and needy, through a number of its branch centres,” they said.

They added, “The Headquarters and many other centres conducted awareness campaign through putting up display boards, posters and distribution of leaflets. Pune and Kozhikode centres are providing temporary shelter and cooked food to stranded labourers from different states inside their campus.

“Face masks, hand sanitizers and soaps are being distributed by Saradapitha, Baranagar Mission, Darjeeling, Ranchi-Morabadi, Limbdi, Kothar, Vijayawada and Chennai (T. Nagar) in 6 states. Packed dry food items like rice, dal, salt, cooking oil, biscuits, etc. are being distributed by Baghbazar (Mayerbari), Saradapitha (Belur), Darjeeling, Ramharipur, Jhargram, Rishikesh and Cherrapunji (Sohra). Cooked food is being distributed by Delhi, Coimbatore Math and Vrindaban centres.

“Many more centres have informed that they are going to start relief-work very soon. As such, steps are being taken to extend the relief activities further. In this connection, it may specially be noted that our centre at Cherrapunji (Sohra) of Meghalaya has undertaken the responsibilities of rendering relief-services all over the state."