Coronavirus: Samaritans across Maharasthra come forth to help underprivileged

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 17 April 2020

Milind Narkhade, a resident of the society, said, “Everyone is contributing in their best of capacity to help people in this difficult time. In our society, we have 423 flats.” 

PUNE: As the city is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, the residents of Westside County in Pimple Gurav have joined hands to help and support 25-30 housekeeping and security staff members on their premises by providing them with an additional bonus of Rs 3,500-4,000, besides their salaries this month.

Milind Narkhade, a resident of the society, said, “Everyone is contributing in their best of capacity to help people in this difficult time. In our society, we have 423 flats.” 

“Together, we have decided to help the housekeeping and security staff for their continuous service. We are all safe inside our homes, but these people take a risk and come to serve us every day. Hence, they should be taken care of.”

Narkhade added, “There are 25 to 30 such staff, and we have collected Rs 75,000 as of now, and we are hoping to collect more than Rs 1 lakh so that every staff member gets an additional Rs 3,500-4,000 as a bonus apart from their salaries.”

In Mumbai, members of Woodland Heights CHS, Chandivali, are providing food material daily to around 500 migrant security staffers, domestic help, conservancy staff and drivers through the local temples and volunteers in the vicinity, spending lakhs of rupees from their savings, said a team-member Pradeep Menon.

The Vile Parle Jain Diamond Traders group led by Dharmesh Jhaveri and Bharat Parekh is organizing weekend lunches and breakfast for 250 BEST bus drivers, conductors, pavement dwellers and migrants in the lockdown period.

A Class X student of Hill Spring International School in Mumbai, Abishek Avarsekar, has raised funds of Rs 1,53,000 to provide food packets to 150 migrant families in Raigad.

Mumbai police constable, Rajendra Ghorpade from Govandi Police Station donated Rs 25,000 from his savings to the CMRF, besides distributing food packets to the poor for the past few days.

Bollywood actor Nana Patekar’s Naam Foundation has donated Rs 50 lakh to the CMRF for COVID-19 projects in the state.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness Temple (ISKCON), Reliance Foundation, Rotary Club of Mumbai Queens Necklace have joined hands with ISKCON Annamrita to provide over 225,000 meals to migrants in Mumbai, Palghar, Pune, Aurangabad, Jalna and Nagpur.

There are several silent celebs and film stars besides anonymous groups or individuals, rendering big and small services to the cause of the less privileged, often as humble as feeding 5-10 persons daily from their meagre private resources, but without chasing donations, publicity or recognition.

(With IANS inputs)

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