Saluting the unsung heroes of Covid fight

Haridwar News

Radhika Nagrath
Intro : These Corona warriors have been friends in need of thousands of stranded people during the lockdown and brought relief works with district administration team. TP salutes them all.

From delivering life- saving medicines to cooked food and sanitisers, over a hundred organisations and individuals have done their best during the four lockdown periods stretching to over 50 days. With the pandemic looming large with each passing day announcing some positive Corona case, the lockdown period got extended thrice, thus posing a threat to the thousands of people who had nowhere to look for support than these Corona warriors.

Led by Narendra Yadav, Covid Nodal Officer Relief, CSO, NGO and CSR (Civil Society Organisations, Non Government Organisations and Corporate Social responsibility), all kinds of relief activities were undertaken. Even food for the migrants coming from across the country through trains and milk for the children below ten years, continues to be given by these Corona warriors.

Narendra Yadav said, “During lock down almost 10 lakh cooked food packets were distributed to the people for which we took support of nearly 100 social organisations and some individuals. Even city colleges came forward like College of Engineering Roorkee, SMJN P G College to lend a helping hand. Volunteer service in earmarking the needy people in far flung areas was done by Being Bhagirath group and Nehru Yuva Kendra. Major contribution was done by Ram Krishan Sewashram which distributed nearly 8000 dry ration kits including nutritious soyabeans and sanitization masks worth 50 lakhs rupees.” Other organisations like Akshay Patra, SMAU, SIA provided food packets to migrant workers. Now when trains have started bring migrant workers from other parts of the country, and they are halted for medical screening at Bhalla college grounds, food and water are being given.

The biggest challenge was to feed Rawli Mehdood area where 1 lakh workers were housing. Suprayas group volunteers started with collecting food from donors and distributing to the small vendors like flower sellers, cans sellers near Har Ki Pauri who lost their business on account of meltdown of tourism sector. Women devotees from Radhaswami Satsang Vyas contributed in making ‘rotis’, food and distribution of food packets, hygiene kits , soaps, sanitizer. Samkalp Prakash society, Kashyap Dal foundation, Krishna Kripa Dham, Sarv Sewa Sangathan Samiti, Bajrang Dal, RSS volunteers, Vyapar Sangh, Sai Rasoi are such contributors in relief work to name a few.

Shikhar Sateja, district coordinator Medicine home delivery said, “ADM Lalit Narayan Mishra started this project of home delivery of medicines. 450 families were provided with medicine at their doorstep.”

Narendra Kumar Sharma, AGM, State Bank of India said, “We distributed dry ration kits at different locations and sanitization machine with sensor to an ashram in Bhim Goda. Volunteers did the survey for pin pointing the deserving people. ” Krishna Kripa Dham led by Sagar Gupta distributed dry ration packets to 42 families in Bhimgoda area.


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