Langar Sewa At The Doorstep? The Sikh Community Shows The Way As It Provides Food To COVID-19 Patients At Home

Langar Sewa At The Doorstep? The Sikh Community Shows The Way As It Provides Food To COVID-19 Patients At Home

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is providing cooked meals to 4,000 COVID-19 patients quarantined at home
Langar Sewa At The Doorstep? The Sikh Community Shows The Way As It Provides Food To COVID-19 Patients At HomeAmid the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is taking ‘langar sewa’ to home in Delhi
Highlights
  • The food is hygienically prepared, packed and delivered to the doorstep
  • 300 volunteers are involved in the process of home delivery of cooked food
  • Local Gurdwaras too assist DSGMC in food delivery in their respective areas

New Delhi: “Since childhood, we have been taught to serve humanity even at the cost of our lives. Be it any kind of tragedy –natural disasters or the Coronavirus pandemic, we have always served the people with love and will continue to do so. If it’s destined for me to contract the COVID-19 disease and die because of it, I’ll, but I cannot let the fear come in my way of helping people during a crisis”, said Avtar Singh Verka, Manager at the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) while talking to NDTV. Mr Verka is one of the 300 volunteers delivering cooked meals to COVID-19 patients at home in Delhi.

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DSGMC has taken langar or community kitchen beyond the four walls of Gurdwara to ensure no one goes hungry for whatever reason. The concept of Langar is to serve meals to all, regardless of caste, class, religion, gender, social or economic status or political consideration – especially at a time when it is most critical.

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This week, as soon as the lockdown was announced in Delhi, I started getting distress calls from all parts of Delhi. An uncle called me and started crying. He said, ‘all four of us – I, my wife, brother and sister-in-law have tested positive for COVID-19. Our kids live far away and there is no one to help us with cooked food or even deliver ration at our doorstep.’ He sounded helpless and so did others who reached out to us and it is then we decided to help COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment at home, recalled Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President of the DSGMC while talking to NDTV.

On Monday (April 19), Mr Sirsa released a video on social media informing that starting tomorrow, DGSMC will home-deliver food to families who have tested COVID-19 positive and are unable to cook or arrange food for themselves. Mr Sirsa informed that food is prepared hygienically and is packed in plastic containers and then home-delivered to patients. DSGMC along with local Gurdwaras is providing two meals a day to 4,000 COVID-19 patients daily.

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We often get calls from local Gurdwaras as well. For instance, the other day a Gurdwara from West Delhi requested 150 food packets saying they will deliver in their area. Similarly, a Gurdwara in Lal Quarter, Punjabi Bagh had requested 50 food packets, said Mr Sirsa.

To ensure the safety of volunteers during food distribution, DSGMC provides personal protective equipment (PPE) kit, sanitiser and other essentials. Talking about the fear of contracting the disease while working on the ground, Avtar Singh Verka said,

Somebody has to come forward. When on the ground, we ensure hygiene at all times. In the evening, before going back home, we take off our PPE and clothes outside the home, sanitise our belongings and then only meet our family.

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Showing his gratitude to DSGMC for the noble service, Ankit Shah, a resident of Lajpat Nagar in Delhi told NDTV,

I, my wife and son are COVID-19 positive and the weakness because of the disease has made cooking a herculean task for us. I saw a post on social media stating that these people are providing cooked food, I dropped a message on the number given and within an hour they delivered food for the three of us. For the last two to three days, we are ordering both lunch and dinner from them. They are doing a great service for free.

When asked till when DSGMC will continue the sewa, Mr Sirsa said there is no limit to it. If the demand rises to even 5 lakh food packets a day, they will supply.

Even during the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, we served 1.75 lakh people everyday. It’s only three months ago when we stopped our service but now we are back on the ground. The service can be availed by either contacting any of the Gurdwaras in Delhi or elected members of DSGMC or our helpline numbers, he added.

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Apart from this, DSGMC has restarted ‘langar on wheels’. As part of the initiative, trucks with food from Gurdwaras in Delhi go to different locations and provide meals to thousands of people for free. The food truck parks itself at a particular location and people queue up to get a meal. This way, DSGMC is serving 25,000 people living in clusters, Jhuggis, and other parts of Delhi.

In Sikhism, the sewa is taught from an early age and the sewa of Sikhs during the Coronavirus pandemic is a shining example of their community spirit.

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World

19,59,54,660Cases
6,30,45,359Active
12,87,22,004Recovered
41,87,297Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,59,54,660 and 41,87,297 have died; 6,30,45,359 are active cases and 12,87,22,004 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,15,28,114 43,509Cases
4,03,840 4,404Active
3,07,01,612 38,465Recovered
4,22,662 640Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,28,114 confirmed cases including 4,22,662 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,03,840 and 3,07,01,612 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,82,914 6,857

85,913 466

60,64,856 6,105

1,32,145 286

Kerala

33,27,301 22,056

1,50,040 4,164

31,60,804 17,761

16,457 131

Karnataka

28,99,195 1,531

22,592 82

28,40,147 1,430

36,456 19

Tamil Nadu

25,53,805 1,756

21,521 667

24,98,289 2,394

33,995 29

Andhra Pradesh

19,59,942 2,010

20,999 34

19,25,631 1,956

13,312 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,313 87

768 30

16,84,790 116

22,755 1

West Bengal

15,25,773 815

11,370 10

14,96,294 811

18,109 14

Delhi

14,36,093 67

573 3

14,10,471 61

25,049 3

Chhattisgarh

10,01,651 164

2,226 164

9,85,905 327

13,520 1

Odisha

9,72,517 1,703

15,765 65

9,51,049 1,699

5,703 69

Rajasthan

9,53,605 30

268 10

9,44,384 40

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,802 28

274 11

8,14,452 39

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,778 11

130 8

7,81,135 18

10,513 1

Haryana

7,69,828 32

702 1

7,59,499 28

9,627 3

Bihar

7,24,673 76

480 4

7,14,554 80

9,639

Telangana

6,43,093 657

9,314 77

6,29,986 578

3,793 2

Punjab

5,98,947 65

559 24

5,82,102 84

16,286 5

Assam

5,62,731 1,276

14,499 536

5,43,031 1,791

5,201 21

Jharkhand

3,47,049 27

237 10

3,41,686 36

5,126 1

Uttarakhand

3,41,934 60

672 13

3,33,901 47

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,026 160

1,139 15

3,15,511 144

4,376 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,499 116

953 30

2,01,026 84

3,520 2

Goa

1,70,810 81

1,082 48

1,66,586 127

3,142 2

Puducherry

1,20,627 97

923 0

1,17,912 96

1,792 1

Manipur

95,824 1,003

10,922 120

83,392 871

1,510 12

Tripura

77,788 376

3,861 107

73,177 267

750 2

Meghalaya

63,014 541

5,456 124

56,510 409

1,048 8

Chandigarh

61,943 5

36 1

61,098 6

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,142 342

4,301 14

42,617 325

224 3

Mizoram

36,407 1,110

11,610 686

24,657 424

140

Nagaland

27,586 114

1,350 34

25,684 78

552 2

Sikkim

25,856 240

3,117 42

22,406 198

333

Ladakh

20,320 6

64 6

20,049 12

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,642 3

41 3

10,597 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,155 6

76 6

10,029 11

50 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,531 1

7 5

7,395 6

129

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