Coronavirus Outbreak: Door-step Delivery Of Ration Is The Way Forward To Feed The Hungry And Maintain Social Distancing In Delhi

Coronavirus Outbreak: Door-step Delivery Of Ration Is The Way Forward To Feed The Hungry And Maintain Social Distancing In Delhi

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the challenge is in the implementation of 'social distancing' specifically in human settlements like slums, resettlement colonies and JJ clusters in cities like Mumbai and Delhi
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Door-step Delivery Of Ration Is The Way Forward To Feed The Hungry And Maintain Social Distancing In DelhiThe lockdown imposed due to Coronavirus is making it difficult for several communities across Delhi to access the services initiated by the government

New Delhi: The Corona outbreak introduced a new norm of ‘social distancing’ in our part of the world. The Prime Minister in his address reiterated the need to maintain ‘social distance’. The challenge is its implementation specifically in human settlements like slums, resettlement colonies and JJ clusters in cities like Mumbai and Delhi. It is to be noted that in February, much before corona made inroads in Delhi; a Times of India report stated that the AAP government has declared that it has a ready blueprint to initiate delivery of ration at the doorstep. The government in its previous term had the experience of rolling out doorstep delivery of several services – like caste, income certificates and driving license.

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As per Delhi government sources, there are around 72, 00,000 beneficiaries of Targeted Public Distribution System of which 17,00,000 are ration cardholders. Various media reports that time mentioned that the Food Department was giving final shape to the complete action plan. The Minister of Food and Civil Supplies was quoted as saying “this will go a long way in helping the poor and needy to obtain their ration under the National Food Security Act, 2013.”

Currently, the Delhi government has started serving food through 500 schools and 238 shelter homes and is claims to be reaching out to 4 lakh migrant population. But with the lockdown norms becoming stringent several communities across Delhi are not able to access these services.

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Rukaiya, from Seelampur, says that the community kitchen is at a distance and it is not practically possible to travel 2 kms both ways to get food from there. Similar concerns are heard from other community members in other settlements. Seema, from Janta Colony, says that the police patrol vehicle chases people away if they try to leave the gali or lane for even going to community toilet at a distance let alone getting to a long distance for food.

Although the Delhi government has taken a welcome step to increase the quantity of ration through fair price shops, for people living in slums, JJ Colonies, unauthorized colonies and clusters this means, stepping out of homes and standing in long queues. Ravi, a ration card holder from Sangam Vihar remarked that ‘now there will be more rush to hoard from community members and as people here do not understand and follow social distancing’’.

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At a time when social distancing is the key to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 the plan for door-step delivery of ration may act as a boon to not only keep the spread of disease at bay but also feed the hungry. If the government has a ready to implement plan, perhaps now is the time to test its feasibility on the ground.

Door-step delivery of ration was one of the 10-priorities of the AAP government. It will be useful to kick-off this process from one district and subsequently scale it up to other districts respectively.

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(Arvind Singh, Smita Khanijow, Jaya Singh, Mashkoor Alam and Mohd Salim are from Campaign Against Hunger And Malnutrition.)

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World

19,78,31,904Cases
6,39,24,968Active
12,96,89,916Recovered
42,17,020Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,78,31,904 and 42,17,020 have died; 6,39,24,968 are active cases and 12,96,89,916 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,16,55,824 41,831Cases
4,10,952 2,032Active
3,08,20,521 39,258Recovered
4,24,351 541Deaths
In India, there are 3,16,55,824 confirmed cases including 4,24,351 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,10,952 and 3,08,20,521 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,03,715 6,959

80,138 733

60,90,786 7,467

1,32,791 225

Kerala

33,90,761 20,624

1,65,011 3,679

32,08,969 16,865

16,781 80

Karnataka

29,05,124 1,987

23,820 318

28,44,742 1,632

36,562 37

Tamil Nadu

25,59,597 1,986

20,716 218

25,04,805 2,178

34,076 26

Andhra Pradesh

19,66,175 2,058

21,180 18

19,31,618 2,053

13,377 23

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,441 31

712 17

16,84,973 48

22,756

West Bengal

15,28,019 769

11,113 58

14,98,770 819

18,136 8

Delhi

14,36,265 58

581 1

14,10,631 56

25,053 1

Chhattisgarh

10,02,008 102

1,863 102

9,86,621 203

13,524 1

Odisha

9,77,268 1,578

14,538 389

9,56,828 1,899

5,902 68

Rajasthan

9,53,667 17

248 6

9,44,465 22

8,954 1

Gujarat

8,24,877 27

252 8

8,14,549 35

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,828 22

122 1

7,81,193 21

10,513

Haryana

7,69,913 29

712 0

7,59,566 27

9,635 2

Bihar

7,24,835 44

457 1

7,14,735 45

9,643

Telangana

6,44,951 621

9,069 72

6,32,080 691

3,802 2

Punjab

5,99,104 51

534 10

5,82,277 60

16,293 1

Assam

5,66,198 989

13,322 510

5,47,616 1,480

5,260 19

Jharkhand

3,47,173 36

252 8

3,41,793 44

5,128

Uttarakhand

3,42,139 116

632 13

3,34,145 129

7,362

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,462 118

1,176 5

3,15,908 113

4,378

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,027 153

1,217 80

2,01,289 72

3,521 1

Goa

1,71,146 94

1,058 35

1,66,941 128

3,147 1

Puducherry

1,20,915 100

962 17

1,18,158 115

1,795 2

Manipur

98,499 801

10,540 195

86,403 981

1,556 15

Tripura

78,583 222

3,482 2

74,346 224

755

Meghalaya

65,000 686

5,966 175

57,949 499

1,085 12

Chandigarh

61,953 1

31 5

61,111 5

811 1

Arunachal Pradesh

48,122 266

3,954 188

43,939 451

229 3

Mizoram

38,925 861

12,388 213

26,387 643

150 5

Nagaland

27,872 159

1,329 55

25,977 99

566 5

Sikkim

26,548 237

3,400 98

22,804 137

344 2

Ladakh

20,338 10

56 6

20,075 4

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650 6

29 1

10,617 7

4

Lakshadweep

10,189 11

84 7

10,055 4

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,537 2

8 0

7,400 2

129

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