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Indian Territorial Army Officers Distribute Essential Kits To Sex Workers And Transgenders In Mumbai Amid The COVID-19 Crisis

Three army officers, Major Pradeep Arya, Captain Neil Shaji and Major Sanjay Raole undertook an initiative to help sex workers and transgenders in Mumbai, who lost their livelihood due to COVID-19

Indian Territorial Army Officers Distribute Essential Kits  To Sex Workers And Transgenders In Mumbai Amid The COVDI-19 Crisis
Highlights
  • 3 Army officers distributed essential kits to sex workers and transgenders
  • The ration and hygiene kits were distributed with the help of Mumbai Police
  • Mumbai is close to reaching 35,000 positive cases of COVID-19 

New Delhi: India’s richest city and financial capital, Mumbai is home to almost 2 crore people, as per the 2011 census. But the city is also close to touching the 35,000 mark on the number of COVID-19 cases. Owing to the unprecedented pandemic, Indians continue to be in a partial lockdown. However, as a result of the lockdown, several communities and areas remain worst hit, as they struggle to earn money to afford daily essentials. These include daily wagers, commercial sex workers and even transgenders, hailing from the overpopulated slum areas. In an attempt to support these vulnerable groups in Mumbai, three highly regarded officers of the Indian Territorial Army have come forward to distribute ration and hygiene kits, with the help of Mumbai Police.

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The three army officers, Major Pradeep Arya, Captain Neil Shaji and Major Sanjay Raole undertook the initiative to aid these vulnerable groups, who lost their livelihood due to the pandemic. They went to Kamathipura and Falkland areas of  Mumbai to distribute the kits, home to innumerable sex workers and transgenders whose income is also earned daily, as these communities are particularly overlooked amid the crisis. Captain Neil Shaji told NDTV,

With the support and assistance of Mumbai Police Additional Commissioner – Central Region, Veeresh Prabhu and partner NGOs, like NASSCOM Foundation, who helped arrange the kits, we were able to implement the distribution that began on 22nd May. We will continue to carry on the drive among other sectors and regions of Mumbai in the coming weeks.

Indian Territorial Army Officers Distribute Essential Kits  To Sex Workers And Transgenders In Mumbai Amid The COVDI-19 Crisis

The three army officers, Major Pradeep Arya, Captain Neil Shaji and Major Sanjay Raole undertook the initiative to aid these vulnerable groups, who lost their livelihood due to the pandemic

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Explaining about the contents of the kit, Captain Shaji explained that it will cater to an individual’s basic needs, he explained each kit not only contains groceries, but also hygiene products. He said,

Essential kits contain 5 kg of wheat flour, 5 kg of rice, 2 kg of tur dal, 200 gms of turmeric powder, and chilli powder. Along with the ration kit, 3 soaps, 2 washing cloth soap, hand wash and sanitary napkin are also being distributed as part of the hygiene kit.

He further said that these assorted essential kits will also be distributed to similar regions of Sion-Agripada, Cotton green, Charni Road and Kandivali in the city, as they aim to distribute 4,500 ration kits and 4,500 hygiene kits.  Major Pradeep Arya, added,

Our aim with this initiative is to support the vulnerable people and encourage them to stay home and not step outside to buy essentials. I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is complex, more so during these trying times.

Indian Territorial Army Officers Distribute Essential Kits  To Sex Workers And Transgenders In Mumbai Amid The COVDI-19 Crisis

Each kit distributed by the officers contains not only groceries, but also hygiene products

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The officers further received the support of NGOs like Prerna Foundation, Apne Aap Collective, Rescue Foundation for their work with the Community Sex Workers and Arju Foundation for their assistance with the transgender communities. These associations helped the Indian Territorial Army officers to reach the deepest corners of Mumbai to distribute and make available these crucial kits for all those in dire need, Major Sanjay Raole explained.

We are thankful to everyone who contributed in every way possible no matter how big or small. A large number of livelihoods are affected by the lockdown, so as our duty we will continue to work towards the relief for the vulnerable groups in the days to come, Major Raole signed off.

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World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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