Bangiya Parishad Qatar (BPQ), an Indian socio-cultural organisation, founded in 1996, steps into its 25th year in 2021.
BPQ was actively involved in various humanitarian projects during 2020, especially in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a statement.
The forum arranged a chartered flight to Kolkata from Doha to support the stranded labourers from West Bengal. BPQ acknowledged the support of the Indian embassy, Indian Sports Centre president Dr Mohan Thomas, Indian Cultural Centre president P N Baburajan, the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) and different levels of West Bengal government, including the chief minister’s office, in its effort.
It was an enormous undertaking and needed meticulous planning, rigorous communication follow-ups, due diligence to government protocols and pandemic guidelines, unanimous and unidirectional collaborative efforts of BPQ members — that showed the path of effective delivery of all the philanthropic activities spread across the year.
BPQ also sponsored flight tickets for stranded labourers.
During 2020, the forum also contributed to the ICBF community pool fund, sponsored community life insurance scheme for the needy, provided food packets for fishermen in Doha, and supported pandemic-impacted artists from West Bengal.
In addition to various philanthropic activities, BPQ also organised some online cultural programmes during 2020, towards upholding the cultural heritage and tradition of Bengal and India.
A tribute to Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore saw the broadcast of a pre-recorded cultural programme.
More than 70 performers paid tribute through music, dance, recitation and narration.
The efforts of BPQ and its members were highly appreciated by several other Indian community associations and community leaders.
BPQ's two-time president Jayati B Maitra was conferred the ICBF Appreciation Award.