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Indian Territorial Army Officers Team Up To Fight COVID-19, Provide Ration And Hygiene Kits To People In Mumbai

Major Pradeep Arya, Captain Neil Shaji, and Major Sanjay Raole have undertaken the initiative to support the people of Dharavi, the North-eastern community, rickshaw drivers and the tribals of Sanjay Gandhi National Park impacted by COVID-19

Indian Territorial Army Officers Team Up To Fight COVID-19, Provide Ration And Hygiene Kits To People In Mumbai
Highlights
  • 3 officers of Indian Army (Territorial) are helping people battle COVID-19
  • Army officers are providing ration, hygiene kit to needy people in Mumbai
  • The trio has distributed 4,500 ration and 4,500 hygiene kits

New Delhi: Maharashtra is one of the worst affected states in India, accounting for over 33 per cent of the total Novel Coronavirus cases in India. The state has surpassed China’s COVID-19 tally of 83,036 confirmed cases. In Maharashtra, Mumbai, the financial capital of India is one of the badly impacted cities, having more than half of the COVID-19 cases in the state. There also Dharavi, believed to be one of Asia’s largest slums is a coronavirus hotspot. The continuous sharp rise in the COVID-19 cases in Mumbai and the lockdown has impacted the lives and livelihood of many especially the residents of Dharavi, and daily wagers. In order to assist the people impacted by the COVID-19 induced lockdown and loss of jobs, three officers of the Indian Army (Territorial) have come forward to distribute ration and hygiene kits.

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Major Pradeep Arya, Captain Neil Shaji, and Major Sanjay Raole along with the help of NASSCOM Foundation have undertaken the initiative to support the people of Dharavi, the North-eastern community, rickshaw drivers and the tribals of Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

According to the warriors, the reason behind stepping up for a couple of groups is because they have been impacted badly. For instance, the North-Eastern community usually deployed in the hospitality sector is out of job and facing severe challenges to make ends meet. Similar is the case with residents of Dharavi who usually live hand to mouth and other daily wage earners.

Talking about the distribution process, Captain Neil Shaji said,

We identified vulnerable populations in Mumbai and found that members from North East Community, Dharavi, Tribals and Rickshaw drivers were some of the many who were affected during COVID-19. We undertook this task like a military operation – identifying and assisting them with ration/hygiene kits which can suffice a family of 3-4 can for at least 10-15 days.

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The trio began the relief work on May 21 and have provided 4,500 ration kits and 4,500 hygiene kits to numerous families. While one ration kit consists of five items – 5 kg of wheat flour, 5 kg of rice, 2 kg of tur dal, 200 gms of turmeric powder, and chilli powder, each hygiene kit contains 3 soaps, 2 washing cloth soap, hand wash and sanitary napkin. Each family gets both a ration and a hygiene kit.

Indian Territorial Army Officers Team Up To Fight COVID-19, Provide Ration And Hygiene Kits To People In Mumbai

Captain Neil Shaji and Mumbai Police distributing essential kits at Mumbai’s Dharavi

Thanking the officers for the noble deed and talking about the need of these kits, Leo Raikhan, representative of North-eastern community said,

The ration and hygiene kits means a lot to those that have been affected at this time of difficulties and lockdown due to the COVID19 pandemic, where many have lost their jobs and are living with no more daily supplies.

The trio received support from multiple individuals and organisations. While Mumbai Police and Poornata Foundation helped with on groundwork that is reaching out to the people in dire need and supplying essential kits in Dharavi, NASSCOM Foundation provided the kits and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Abhilasha Foundation assisted in the distribution of kits.

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Talking about what motivated the organisation to step up for the people in need and support the officers, Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation said,

Mumbai is one of the worst COVID-19 affected cities in the country. The city also has one of the largest populations of migrants. We at NASSCOM Foundation have been working tirelessly to provide help to the migrants and daily wage laborers in Mumbai and across other cities in India. The three officers helped us reach the marginalised communities of slum dwellers at Dharavi and a large population of commercial sex workers while also supporting in sensitisation activities.

The initiative has also got support from Sandhya Shetty, Actor, Model, Commonwealth Karate Gold Medallist and an advocate of No Fear campaign that promotes martial arts among women. Ms Shetty assisted in reaching out to rescued women, and tribals of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Sharing her views on the association, Ms Shetty said,

The mission is to empower women with education, employment, nourishment and freedom. Our aim is to help the vulnerable group and spread happiness and this food and hygiene relief camp is just a small step of support on humanitarian grounds.

After having reached out to certain communities, the trio plans to continue with the work and reach out to people living in other parts of Dharavi so as to cover a larger population and ensure no one is deprived of basic things – food and hygiene – during these trying times.

Also Read: To Help The Underprivileged Facing The COVID-19 Lockdown, This Delhi-Based NGO Steps In With Nutrition Kits In 7 States

World

24,00,62,413Cases
20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,00,62,413 and 48,89,269 have died; 20,17,73,183 are active cases and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 4:08 am.

India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
3,33,99,961 17,861Recovered
4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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