Not just restaurants and pubs, young Samaritans of Kolkata have started coming forward to help those who have lost their jobs because of the lockdown. These daily wage earners are not only fighting the pandemic, but have also lost their only means to obtain a square meal for themselves and their families.
One of the four young professionals, who have launched this project in Bidhannagar area, said, “Whatever little help we are able to provide is in our own capacity. We are paying for the grains and pulses from our pockets. Many local grocers and community markets in Salt Lake have also come forward to help us. So far, we have met around 40 such families. We plan to take this forward by reaching out to people in municipality pockets as well. Areas covered till now are Salt Lake Sector I and II, Duttabad, Sree Bhumi, Rajarhat I and II, Patuli, Kankulia and Baruipur. In the third phase, we plan to cover South 24 Parganas,” said Arnab Acharya, one of the four volunteers, along with Sagnik Chatterjee, Payel Mitra and Manali Banerjee. There were a few others who helped in packing and distribution.
When quizzed about what they saw or heard from the daily wagers when they went for distribution, Arnab informed that most were crying. “The scenario is pathetic. They are hungry and can’t afford to buy the essentials. The ones, who supply vegetables to the markets, usually come from Bongaon and Habra areas. The day they last came, they couldn’t leave. They stayed back somehow in the market at night. They are not even getting stocks to sell anymore. They told me, ‘We might survive corona, but we won’t be able to live with this hunger’,” he shared.
Source: Times of India