District administrations identify those not covered by social security schemes and reach out to them with rations
The Congress government in Rajasthan has launched massive efforts for supplying cooked food and dry rations to the poor and destitute, besides ensuring food security for migrant labourers stranded in several towns after being deprived of their livelihood during the lockdown, which has been extended till May 3.
The motto “no one will go to bed hungry” has prompted the administration in several districts to devise their own strategies for extending relief to poor and marginalised people.
From ‘Jan Sambal kits’ in Udaipur and ‘Janata Rasoi Kendra’ in Bikaner to the ‘wheat bank’ in Kota, the efforts have brought two square meals a day to the hungry.
The package is expected to benefit 1.41 crore families in the State. Residents of slum colonies in Jaipur’s Jhalana institutional area as well as labourers from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal residing in the Sitapura and Ramchandrapura industrial areas are among the beneficiaries of the State government’s relief measures.
Help from donors
Government officials taking the pick-up trucks to different localities in the State capital said the food packets were arranged mostly with the help of donors and institutions.
In Udaipur district, the mammoth task of providing food to everyone is performed by preparing long lists and matching them with distress calls received at the helpline.
Free kits are being supplied to needy families at their doorstep — they comprised 10 kg of wheat flour, 3 kg of pulses, 200 ml oil and 1 kg of salt, which was sufficient for a fortnight.
The “wheat bank” established in Kota district’s Kanwas block is supported by the farmers harvesting their Rabi crops, who have contributed a portion of their produce.