A group of 25 women and their husbands fed stranded passengers at Howrah and Santragachhi station, after teaming up with the district magistrate of Howrah. Hundreds of people were stranded at the Howrah Station and Santragachhi station due to lack of transport.
The group from Bally’s Nishchinda, had been working on their own, for the underprivileged and sick women and children for two years under the banner of Anandapur Chakrapani Charitable Trust. “After the lockdown happened, we called them and asked them if they could help with the hundreds stranded at the Howrah Station and Santragachhi. They readily agreed and since then they have been sharing quite a bit of the administration’s load…” DM, Mukta Arya said.
The group has been feeding anything between 500 and 950 people daily at the two stations. Women are themselves cooking rice, dal and a sabzi, that is being ferried to the station and distributed in a hygienic way under the supervision of the district administration. One of the ladies, involved in this activity, Sanchita Koyal is in the advanced stages of pregnancy but says she is enjoying this bit of social work that she has been chosen to do. “Most of us are small traders and we are happy with our earnings. We liked the idea of starting the trust when the women approached us. We thought this is a good way in which they can expend their spare time. Today, we too are heavily involved in this activity,” said S Banerjee, spokesperson of the trust.
A big shamiana has been erected just outside the Trust’s office and cooking starts early in the morning so that everfything is ready by lunchtime. “We are putting in money from our businesses for this and for the moment we have enough funds to feed people in crisis. We are being told beforehand how much food would be required the following day and we are preparing accordingly,” said Ashoke Sardar, who owns a khatal (milking cowshed) and is happily putting in a sizeable portion of his earnings into the initiative.
Source: Times of India