Bengaluru: When the Kovid-incorporated lockdown was first announced in March, A. State volunteer gram panchayat Set a simple mission statement for yourself: Nobody is hungry. Located at a distance of about 30 km from the capital city, the Gram Panchayat (GP) has spent more than Rs 60 lakh so far, through homeless and poor – cooked food and ration kits. And the money has come from all contributions: from staff members, local organizations, business establishments, elected representatives and individual donors.
“Initially, we contributed money from our own pocket. Later, we approached some organizations for help, ”said M Thimareddy, former GP member. “When we opened a free canteen there was some protest initially about the risk of infection. But the response was good, we stepped up service for the Corona Warriors. We have provided ration kits to about 3,000 families who remained unemployed due to the lockout. ”
The canteen feeds 300 people a day
Thimmireddy said that the canteen named after the chief minister feeds around 300 people a day. “Apart from organizations and traders, farmers donated vegetables and food grains on a daily basis.” The villagers are now celebrating their birthdays and other occasions by sponsoring a day meal for the poor.
Panchayat Development Officer Rajesh HR said: “When the lockdown was imposed, our GP members resolved to launch the ‘Hasadivereji Anna’ program to ensure that no one in our borders felt hungry.” Since then, the six villages which include GP – Attiganhalli, Sriramanahalli, Sadanahalli, Ade, Vishwanathpura and Ittagallapura have sheltered many workers in North Karnataka and North India. “We are doing disinfection, sanitation and awareness work jointly with government departments and ASHA workers,” Rajesh said.
In the last four years, GP has won two national and two state awards for its efforts. “Rajkavit is one of the best GPNs in the state. It is doing well in Covidcontrol measures and relief of migrant workers. It has started a community kitchen and has also distributed masks and sanitizers, ”Uma Mahadevan, Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj.