Meet nine-year-old Kargil boy who is winning hearts by his contribution to fight COVID 19

SRINAGAR:  A fifth standard student of a remote village in Kargil is winning hearts after he donated Rs 3000 from his eidy collection for the battle against deadly coronavirus.

Mohammad Kumail of GM Pora Kargil quietly walked into the office of Sub-Divisional Magistrate and donated Rs 3000.  

“Tiger: Mohd Kumail, age 9 years from GM PORE- Kargil. Donated Rs 3000 from his eidy collection. Salute to his sense of responsibility. More power to you. Love you,” tweeted Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary, deputy commissioner, Kargil.

Located 23 kilometers away from Kargil town, GM Pore is one of the backward and landlocked areas of the district.

“There was no announcement for any donation. Our officers are now trying to figure out the family background of the boy. He just came and donated Rs 3000 from his eidy and went back”, Choudhary told The Kashmir Monitor.

Deputy Commissioner said Kumail may be the youngest person in the country to have come forward with his contribution for the fight against COVID 19. “He may be the youngest in the world. But he has set an example for all of us”, he said.

In fact, there are many firsts associated with Kargil this time around. Latoo has become the first village in the district which has made handwashing mandatory for any person entering the area.

“Latoo village: Role model. Residents of Latoo decided not to allow anyone without handwashing into their village. Many more villages to come forward #FightAgainstCOVID19 # More power to them”, said Choudhary.

Villagers have formed a committee of volunteers who guard the entry point of Lotoo round the clock. “Volunteers have put in water storage tanks outside the village. They have also made soap available. Anyone entering the village has to wash his hands with soap”, said Choudhary.  

Official figures reveal that Kargil has two COVID 19 positive cases. Around 148 people are being treated in different quarantine centers.  Around 127 people are under home quarantine in the district.

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