NGOs have come forward to provide food to daily wagers,
homeless and other people affected by the curfew imposed in
Maharashtra in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some Sikh community members have been organising
''langar'' (free kitchen) at a gurudwara in suburban Mumbai
since last two days.
Besides, some NGOs distributed food packets to
homeless people at Kalyan and Dombivali in neighbouring Thanre
district on Monday.
The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Students'' Islamic
Organisation of India and some other organisations also
distributed around 1,000 food packets to people in the last
two days in Madanpura, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Oshiwara, Kurla
and Vikhroli areas of Mumbai and Mumbra and Kalyan in Thane.
Volunteers reached out to people affected by the
lockdown, especially daily wagers, and provided them food.
On Monday afternoon, food packets were provided in
Anna Nagar to truck drivers who were working in the city and
did not have lunch.
Some volunteers of Jamaat-e-Islami, Alliance Against
CAA-NRC-NPR and Memon community members provided lunch in the
last two days to daily wagers who were stranded at the Kurla
terminus while waiting for trains to return to their home
A similar help was extended by the Jamaat-e-Islami to
the needy in various parts of Vikhroli as well as slum
localities near Hiranandani, Powai.
In Kalyan, nearly 10 social organisations have joined
these Mumbai-based NGOs, who plan to provide around 600 ration
kits to the needy families.
The volunteers have been taking necessary hygiene
precautions by wearing gloves and face masks and using hand
sanitisers during food distribution.
"We feel that as human beings, it''s our responsibility
to help the most vulnerable amongst us in their time of need.
We appeal to all citizens of Mumbai and Thane to join in
our efforts. We also request the state government to put in
place a safety net for those who have lost work during the
lockdown," Jamaat-e-Islami''s Mumbai president Haseeb Bhatkar
said. PTI ZA VT