As part of a massive drive, Nagpur Police has teamed up with several NGOs in the city to help needy people during the 21-day lockdown announced by PM Narendra Modi to contain the spread of COVID-19. From March 27 to March 30, Nagpur Police and NGOs helped 77,457 needy people by providing them with essential items.
Additional Commissioner of Police Nilesh Bharne is himself making sure that help reaches those who need it. Nagpur Police have created a Whatsapp group called ‘Corona NGO Police Administration,’ in which representatives of Nagpur Police, media, various NGOs and trusts have been included to provide help to the needy. Bharne is not only super active in the group but is also making sure that everything is well-coordinated.
A call centre in the cyber cell of Nagpur has also been set up so that people who want to help can contact the police and the necessities can be provided to as many people as possible. 33 Police stations, 57 former military personnel and 18 members of NCC Golden Group have been engaged in the cause.
The needy people included truck drivers, students, women, metro workers, widows and women, covered under Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana, beggars and the poor people from the slums. The essential items were also provided to police personnel on duty and to the workers providing help to the patients at MLA Hostel’s quarantine centre.
From March 26 to March 30, the essential items, which were delivered to needy people, included grocery items, food packets, masks, sanitisers, hand wash liquid packets and sanitary pads. The details of the people who received these items over a four days are:
→ March 27 – 6, 000 people
→ March 28 – 15, 300 people
→ March 29 – 23, 448 people
→ March 30 – 32, 709 people
The NGOs and different organizations involved in the drive include: Shri Sai Baba Temple Trust, Jaisawal Sabha, Rajasthani Mahila Mandal, Gurunanak Gurudwara Darbar, Jamat-e-Islami Hind, DP Jain Foundation, Wadi Kitchen, Sai Aastha Foundation, Nagpur Hotel Owner’s Association, Lions’ Club, Priyadarshini Samrat Ashok Multipurpose Trust, Save our Souls Foundation, Digambar Jain Samaj, Shwetambar Jain Samaj and 65 other trusts from Nagpur.