Lockdown Effect: Social Organisations Coming Forward to Help the Poor

Corona Virus pandemic apart from upsetting people’s routine life has created fear psychosis amongst the lower segment of people, particularly daily wagers, across India. Ever since the nationwide lockdown announced, migrant workers are fleeing their places of work and trying to reach their hometowns. Whether it’s Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon or Noida migrant workers who mostly are daily wagers and mainly hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh are leaving their respective places. The mass exodus has created massive chaos at all state borders with very few public transports available due to the lockdown. In spite of the lockdown and defying all government announcements to stay indoors, people were found walking along the National Highways to reach their hometowns. Most of these people were found to be travelling for hours without any food.  Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation had appealed to all social organisations, NGOs, Corporates to volunteer and come forward for distributing food to the needy people at this time of crisis. In response to the appeal of GMC, Samridhi Foundation based in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, distributed dry food packets and biscuits to the needy travellers walking down the National Highway 24. Samridhi Foundation’s President Peeyush Mishra said that feeding the poor and needy was a great service to mankind and at this time of crisis everyone should come forward to help the poor people. The organisation’s Secretary Chandan Sengupta thanked Ajay Gupta, Gagan Choudhary and other members for their cooperation. A special note of thanks was also given to the lady members Smt Jyotsna, Smt Neeru and Smt Chhabi for making the food packets at very short notice. Samridhi Foundation has been actively participating in social activities since the outbreak of the Corona Virus. The foundation had earlier distributed masks to more than 100 security guards of various housing societies in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, U.P.

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