Authorities & volunteers ensure meals for the homeless & needy
The district administration of Dehradun distributed packets of cooked food and uncooked food items to the people in the city who are incapable of securing their meals due to the state-wide lockdown. According to Dehradun Chief Development Officer (CDO) Nitika Khandelwal, different organisations, individuals and Gurudwaras are supporting the administration in providing food to the destitute and needy people across the district.
Due to the lockdown, many locals including the homeless, labourers and daily wagers are struggling for their survival. To provide food to such people at least twice a day, the district administration has started to distribute cooked food packets with the help of Gurudwaras, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), some groups and individuals. “We are providing food as per the need of the people. We are distributing cooked food to those who are homeless, old people, daily wagers and labourers. However, not everyone wants the packets of cooked food. Some people can cook food but they cannot afford to buy the ration supplies, so we people like nomads and slum dwellers raw food ingredients,” said Khandelwal. She added that some students, who live in rented accommodations and are generally dependent on restaurants for their meals, have also been delivered cooked food packets. “On Friday, we distributed total 1,517 cooked food packets altogether including 40 in Chakrata, 160 in Doiwala, 20 in Vikasnagar, 1,195 in Dehradun and 102 in Rishikesh,” added the CDO. According to Khandelwal, a survey was done by district administration during the Janata Curfew with the help of Labour department. In this survey, the administration found their locations with a list and then a ground verification of daily wagers was done to ensure that only those in need get the food, she said. The CDO further informed that one can call at control room number 0135-2726066 for any help regarding the food supplies for those who cannot get it due to lockdown.
It is pertinent to mention here that the police and district administrations across the state are undertaking such measures with the help of voluntary organizations and concerned citizens to provide meals to the needy.
Saturday, 28 March 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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