Pune traffic cops, NGOs ensure food for needy during coronavirus lockdown

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 4 April 2020

Distribution of food and hygiene kits which contain rice, dal, wheat flour, spices and necessary hygiene materials is being undertaken.

PUNE: The coronavirus lockdown has affected the world. Businesses are struggling, and there’s no clarity when the pandemic will be over. There’s a section of society who are worst affected like the daily wage workers, sex workers, etc.

To help certain sections of the society with food and other essentials during the lockdown, Pune traffic police, under the guidance of inspector Rajesh Puranik and support from many social organisations, are working for the ‘No one should go hungry’ campaign. 

Those covered under this campaign include daily wage earners, construction workers, ragpickers, homeless, transgender people, commercial sex workers, single-parent households and families with aged and disabled. 

Distribution of food and hygiene kits which contain rice, dal, wheat flour, spices and necessary hygiene materials is being undertaken. 

The group led by Centre for Youth Development and Activities (CYDA) has reached out to 400 families and 2,000 people across marginalised communities of Chakan and Pune. 

Through the efforts of the last three days, the team has reached communities in Wadarvasti, Budhwar Peth, Hadapsar and Nigoje village of Chakan.

To support these efforts, organisations like Help for Children in Need (HCNF), Forbes Marshall, Sarva Seva Sangh, Development Support Team and many more NGOs and individuals have come forward.

In Chakan, St Anne’s Sneha Bhavan joined hands with the local police department for this, informed  Mathew Mattam, secretary of Centre for Youth Development and Activities.

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