Guwahati: Even as Assam enters Unlock 3 with many relaxations to the lockdown norms, there is still a certain strata of people who are unable to fend for themselves. From daily wage labourers to small shop owners and household help, the pandemic has caused a huge blow to their livelihood.
Keeping this in mind, Kailashpur Samajik Yuba Manch (established in 1991), a community aid organisation from Nizorapur area of Chandmari in Guwahati, has been providing help in the form of food packets and masks. “This is not the first time, as we have been distributing such items in the past too,” said Diganta Kalita, assistant secretary of the committee, as they organised yet another food and necessity relief camp on Sunday.
Many people in his locality belong to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category, he said, and many do not even have their own place to stay. “They stay in rented houses and without any means to earn livelihood, things have turned into a dire situation for them,” he added.
The members of the committee organised a meeting beforehand to identify the individuals who are in need of any form of support. They then identified 70 such families and proceeded to collect money. The finances came from students, office workers, housewives, etc, as everyone pitched in as a community to provide the much-needed help.
“We were able to collect an approximate sum of Rs 15,000 and then brought in food items such as rice, oil, soaps, etc. We packed them up in plastic bags and then by maintaining social distancing, continuous hand sanitization, and wearing of masks, we were able to distribute it yesterday [Sunday],” Kalita added.
Some donated money while others donated food items. Several families benefited from the noble initiative held on Sunday.