In Delhi, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Distributes 36,000 Food Packets, Ration Kits
NEW DELHI, APRIL 4— In the last 10 days of the Coronavirus-driven lockdown, which left thousands of daily-wagers and labourers in distress, the Delhi chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has so far reached over 36,000 needy people in the national capital and distributed cooked food packets, ration kits and medicines among them.
“We cooked and distributed more than 33,000 food packets to homeless people in various places of Delhi. Thousands of jobless families are struggling for providing meals to their children and elderly members of their family. We distributed food kits containing essential materials like Atta, Rice, Oil, Pulses to 3207 families including 200 riot victim families,” said Mohammad Ahmed, Jamaat’s National Secretary for Social Service.
Volunteers of Jamaat distributing ration among needy people.
Jamaat is carrying out its relief work in collaboration with some other social groups including Society for Bright Future, Human Welfare Foundation, Medical Service Society, Al-Shifa Hospital and other organisations that are working under the flagship project “Vision 2026”.
After the 21-day lockdown was imposed on March 24 in order to contain the spread of Coronavirus, effectively closing the borders of Delhi, millions of migrant daily-wage workers lost their source of income and consequently, hungry poor crowded the streets in search of food and hoping vehicles to board to their village. The Delhi government and civil society organisations came forward for providing food and helping them to maintain social distance.
Besides food items, Jamaat’s relief team also provided medical help to some.
“Due to the arrangement of government hospital for COVID-19 treatment, other patients are facing difficulties in consulting doctors and getting medicines. We have donated 17 carton medicine of Rs. 65,195 to a private hospital in addition to the free/concessional treatment given at Al-Shifa Hospital for poor patients including 7 delivery cases,” said Jamaat leader.
Social activist Nadeem Khan (L) with Rafeeque Ahmed (R) and others
Jamaat has also provided financial assistance to 130 families and provided LPG, utensils, masks, sanitizers, gloves, etc. to many other poor and needy.