Effect of Covid lockdown

A family at a slum near “Janata Lodge“ at Master Canteen, Bhubaneswar is suffering from the Impact of the Covid lock-down. It is about the situation of the family of one of our cared children named Sonali Das at Master Canteen area, Bhubaneswar. Her father is bedridden 24*7 since last 30 days as he had committed a suicide attempt before this luck-down in March-2020. Luckily he is alive. Every day he is required to have pain killer medicines which are bought from outside of medical. Her mother also can not do her work due to lockdown. They are depending upon the govt. ration. But rice distribution to all needy families and to all school children is not going on as per the announcement of Odisha govt. Even the slum people of BBSR have not got their ration for 1 month, although our CM had announced to provide ration for 3 months at a time. School children have only got tokens, not rice. We were going almost every day to meet our children in this slum before this lockdown. But it is not possible now. Sonali’s mother had called us through mobile one day for some financial help to buy some rice, cooking gas, and some medicines, and a medical belt for her husband. In two phases we have sent 1900 rupees in this luck-down period. Similarly, the family of our child “Bulu Das” at this slum and the family of our children “Suni” and “Runi” are also suffering food crisis and no money for filling up their gas and to buy ration. They had also called us through phone and we have sent some money to their families as per our capacity. We know the situation of many families might be like this. And as per our children many times they are eating milk and cake only due to lack of rice in this period of lockdown. Although we are sending some money to them, but our help is really very small until govt. keeps its words and distributes rice to all ration card holders and children of schools. It is also pathetic that the Media are only showing the Police actions on the public to enforce the lockdown. Instead of pressurizing govt. and administration, all most all Media are busy praising Police and some egoistic administrators for their insult to the public. (A picture of our Sonali Das’s family)

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