Kolkata’s gurudwaras ensure daily food and rations for over 5,000 during lockdown

In association with Indian Humanitarian Assistance (IHA) Foundation, the Behala Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee (BGPC) h...

For the last 45 days, Kolkata’s gurudwaras have been ensuring that thousands of people don’t go hungry by distributing food and rations among the city’s poorest. By their estimate, they have distributed over 4 lakh meals so far.

After the city’s administration set up temporary shelters for the homeless and poor during the lockdown, they reached out to Satnam Singh Ahluwalia, who is General Secretary of the Behala Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee (BGPC) and chairman of Indian Humanitarian Assistance (IHA) Foundation. Authorities asked if food could be provided, and the group jumped into action.

“Now more than ever, the need of the hour is to help each other. We understand the need for social distancing, but this should not lead to us distancing ourselves from humanity and brotherhood towards the people who are worst-hit,” Alhuwalia said in a telephonic interview...

...Ahluwalia said the gurudwara in Behala preparing food for around 4,000 people daily, while another in Howrah’s Santragachi is serving meals to another 1,000. The team said it is aiding another 1,500 in the Diamond Harbour and South 24 Parganas areas.

When asked about how the team was functioning without any hurdles, Ahluwalia said the IHA Foundation had a wide network of volunteers across the city and the suburbs. He said that the special task force receives information from the police control room and KMC on where their services are required.

“We have been feeding everyone from elderly people to little children, and even providing baby food. It’s gratifying to see that they are happy and we have been able to help them,” he said.

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