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Delhi govt to feed 4L daily wagers, needy from today

March 28, 2020 05:22 AM


Delhi govt to feed 4L daily wagers, needy from today

New Delhi:

With lakhs of casual workers losing their jobs due to the lockdown and having no means to feed their families, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his government would ensure that four lakh such people get free lunch and dinner from Saturday.

Kejriwal said his government had opened 325 hunger relief centres in government schools across the city with a capacity to provide food packets to 500 people at each meal time. This was in addition to several locations identified by all district magistrates in their respective areas where food was being distributed at the doorsteps of the needy.

Officials said the government mapped the demand and supply with the help of district officials, RWAs and NGOs to arrive at the figure of four lakh. The district teams carried out an elaborate exercise and identified pockets where causal labourers and their families lived to start distributing food.

South district on Friday provided cooked meals to almost 17,000 people at over 400 locations twice. Similarly, Southwest district provided hot lunch to 11,000 and dinner to 13,000 people at about 60 locations with the help of social organisations. The district also delivered dry ration packets and toiletries for 21 days to 70 extremely poor families.

Senior officials said at least 13 organisations, including some prominent religious-socio groups and not-for-profit organisations like Iskcon, Radha Soami Satsang Beas and gurdwaras, had joined hands with the government to provide relief to the poor in the time of “humanitarian crisis”. The government has also appealed to individuals and groups willing to volunteer in contributing and distributing meals and food packets to fill up a form and get associated in the mammoth task.

The government has also formed an advisory panel, led by deputy CM Manish Sisodia, to coordinate the relief efforts.

With all commercial establishments, except those dealing in essential items, closed till April 14 to prevent community transmission of novel coronavirus, daily wagers have been facing the challenge to feed themselves and their families

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