Many organisations and individuals have come forward to provide food and help to poor
At a time of the crisis precipitated by the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), human face of the society is also coming into fore. Many individuals and social organisations are engaged in helping the poor affected by the lockdown of 21 days enforced to combat Coronavirus. The daily wage earners are one of the hardest hit by the lockdown as they are not able to get any work during this period. Thousands of such people are facing the problem in arranging two square meals a day. In Dehradun organisations like National Association for Parents and Students Rights (NAPSR), Mothers Angels Children Society (MAC), Jagatbandhu Sewa Trust, Amulya Jivan Sanstha and Dar -0E1- Akram educational society are providing cooked food to about 500 people daily. While distributing cooked meals, the volunteers are strictly maintaining the necessary social distancing and also informing people about measurers they should adopt to combat the menace of Coronavirus. Apart from food, the volunteers are also distributing masks and sanitizers to the poor. The president of NAPSR, Arif Khan said that the food was provided to the needy at MDDA (ISBT), Turner road, Ajabpur and Ambedkar colony on Saturday. He said that large number of labourers and daily wage earners who are residents of other states have got stranded in Dehradun. Many such people have started trekking back to their homes along with their families with no provision of food. Arif added that the administration should make arrangements for return of these people to their homes. “Their safe return would also remove burden on the administration. The government should also distribute dry ration to the poor. Tomorrow we will cover the area around the Sahastradhara road to help the needy,’’ said Arif.
At many places the policemen are providing food and other things to the destitute and poor. A police officer was seen distributing dry ration to the poor near Rispana Bridge on Saturday. “I am doing whatever little I can to help them,’’ said the humble officer.
Many individuals are coming out to help the needy in their own ways. “I have asked my maid and driver to remain on leave till April 14. I have given some advance salary to them and assured them their salary would not be deducted,’’ said a defence colony resident.
On Saturday, the volunteers of ‘Vichar, Ek Nai Soch’ organisation distributed masks, sanitisers, fruit juice to the police personnel, sanitation workers and other personnel involved in essential services. The president of the organisation Rakesh Bijalwan said that the police personnel, health workers and sanitation workers are corona warriors and they should be provided respect and safety.
The political parties are also asking their workers to help the poor during this time of need. On Saturday, the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Pritam Singh asked the party workers to help the poor in whatever manner they can. The BJP has also issued similar directive to its workers.
Sunday, 29 March 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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