Tuesday, March 28

#StayAwareStaySafe: Kolkata steps up for the elderly couples and migrant workers

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The lockdown period is proving extremely tough for most people in the city. Be it the poor, who are in fear of going hungry, or the family of elderly couples, whose children live abroad or in other cities — the scenario is the same. Scarce essential items at home and no one to fetch food, the elderly couples are living a nightmare. To give them some respite, young professionals and groups of Kolkata residents have come forward.

One such family from Belgharia is doing a good job of keeping families of migrant workers’ afloat in times of crisis. “We serve them ration, like 5 kg rice, 5 kg potato, 2 litres of cooking oil and medicines. My family, including my parents, brother and their friends, are giving a helping hand. We are collecting the data from a local NGO to trace the areas that have requirement. Rest, it is from our own pockets. The stocking and packing is going on in our home. We have served 100 such families till now. I have also distributed biscuits and cakes in a south Tangra school and alongside the road near Quest Mall,” informed Aritra Das, one of the family members.

For him, the experience has been nothing new. He learnt about helping the needy early on in life from his doctor father and grandfather. “The migrant workers are not much relieved because they are fearing that once this gets over, they will be left with nothing. I tried to assure them that we will again reach out to them when there is a requirement and asked them to stay safe,” he shared.

Similarly, Turni Dhar, a wine company employee, got together with four of her friends after one of them shared a Facebook post. One is a hospitality employee, another a blogger and the third one an entrepreneur. “We are catering to elderly couples, whose children live abroad or in another city and have demarcated areas among ourselves. I look after the Jadavpur, Golf Green and Lake Gardens area. My friends are visiting Ballygunge, another goes to Park Circus and the fourth zone is Garia and Patuli. It’s mostly grocery items and medicines. On reaching these essentials, they are mostly filled with gratitude. A girl from Mumbai told me, ‘Thank you is a small word for you’. Her parents are octogenarians and one a cancer survivor. We are only charging for the grocery and not delivery. They pay my driver some tip and he is happily doing the job. Since most societies are not allowing outsiders, we inform them and leave the stuff with the building security,” she signed off.


Source: Times of India

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