Covid-19: - Looking Up In Lockdown
Extraordinary situation needs extraordinary responses. And no response, in our recent memory, can be termed more extraordinary than what has been displayed in the last 45 days by one hundred and thirty crores of people of our country. They have once again proved the inner resilience of the community, which comes together whenever they are confronted with a challenge, whose effect can be felt by all segments of the society. But this display of immense certitude has required immense inner strength on the part of those who have got the end of the stick in the whole process - People working in unorganised sector (largely migrant laborers), who incidentally are the largest percentage of the working population, daily wage earners, house maids, hawkers and the list goes on. Even in the best of the times these people struggle hard to have two meal a day and it has turned into worse with the lockdown. Efforts on all the levels from all sectors are on to ameliorate the hardship faced by the marginalised sections of the society. And as an organisation working with the same population for last twenty years, we have also tried to mobilise our resources to fight this battle.GLIMPSES OF ACTIVITIES IN COVID-19 PANDEMIC
In the last 45 days of the lockdown we all have done our bit to provide some succour to these marginalise people. Team Aident has tried to extend its helping hand to the people of Janta colony, Welcome, Trilokpuri, Sahabad Dairy, Bhalswa Village; Delhi, Jajpur, Kalinga Nagar, Odisha; Jamshedpur , East Singhbhum District of Jamshedpur Jharkhand; Panipat District of Haryana; Ludhiana District of Punjab; Purnea and Buxar District of Bihar; Bulandshahar and Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh. Creating awareness about Corona and ways and means to prevent its spread, running community Kitchen, distribution of Free dry ration, milk for the kids, mask for all, sanitary napkin for women, are some of the activities which we have taken up in past 45 days. Through all these activities we have tried to reach out to different demography- migrant, SC, ST, TG , rural, families of the Child labours and so on.
All of this has been possible because of generous support of our partner agencies and people around us. Tata Power, Nestle India, Tata Steel, IEL, Tata Cummins, Panjab National Bank, all have supported us in this endeavour. To make this whole process more targeted East Singhbhaum district administration has identified us as one of the nodal agencies and asked us to identify areas which are underserved by Public Distribution System, identification of the population not covered by the PDS, identify hard to reach areas and small habitation and ensure that they are provided with ration, identification and training of volunteers, listing of pregnant women and malnourished children and provide them with desired nourishment, identification of places which can be converted into quarantine centres, identification of areas where daily wage labourers have got stuck and need immediate help. The challenge would not be going away with the end of lockdown.
The lockdown may end in near future but the struggle of the marginalised section of the society would continue for a substantial period of time with the slowdown in economy. This is the time that we, as a responsible member of our community, should stretch ourselves, in our effort to reduce the burden, which the marginalised section of our society has faced without any fault of their own.
We are committed to continue our effort in these times of immense human crisis and sure that the human spirit would again triumph over this unfolding human tragedy. In our ongoing march of defeating Corona we hope to find us all together in it and pretty sure that your commitment towards human emancipation would shine more brightly in these dark times.
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