Gujarat government reluctant about issuing a registration certificate for a HCI shipment sent to India
Source: The Times of India, July 16, 2002
Original title: Aid for riot victims stuck at Kandla port
MUMBAI: Relief material valued at $650,000 sent by Canada-based non-resident Indians for the Gujarat riot victims has been lying at Kandla port since May 25, embroiled in bureaucratic and political problems.
Gujarat-based relief workers said that the Gujarat government had been vacillating about issuing a registration certificate to the NGO to which the shipment was addressed.
Activist Asghar Ali Engineer said the shipment had been sent by Human Concern International, a 22-year-old human rights group based in Canada.
The consignment contains medical supplies, household items, clothes and footwear for riot victims. The shipment is addressed to the Hajiani Fatima Education and Medical Trust, Sangawadi, at Mundhra taluka in Kutch.
According to HCI executive director Kaleem Akhtar, the group has now roped in the Bombay Patel Welfare Society (BPWS) to help it salvage the shipment.