Need support for Daily Wage Earners to fight against Covid-19

15% Funded
  • Rs. 152,010.00 Donated
  • Rs. 1,000,000.00 Goal
  • 3 Donors

About the Campaign

Dear Contributors, Please note that the Prime Minister has announced the creation of a fund called the “Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund or PM CARES, that will accept micro-donations too. It will strengthen disaster management capabilities and encourage research on protecting citizens”. This has invited contributions from Tata Sons of Rs. 1500 crores, from Akshay Kumar for Rs. 25 crores and many other large and well known corporates and individuals have announced large donations for. I have also contributed to the fund in my own small personal capacity. We encourage and welcome all donations directly to PM CARES Fund. The details are available on the public domain. Please note that our efforts are intended to reach migrant labourers who fall between the cracks of state government and central government grants. People without local ID proofs, people whom, the lockdowns have kept in their locations, those people who are trying to walk for 2-3 days to reach their own villages. As per the current regulations a labourer can only get free provision and cash transfer in his location of registration for the transfer of free benefits, which is usually their village or native town. This is the reason that millions of migrant daily wagers are trekking back to their home towns so that they can avail of the benefits that the governments have announced. These are people who don’t get the government’s cash grants, the free food distributions where they are, and hence are trying to walk back to their villages to take the advantage of the same. Currently they are stuck where they are, again, due to the lockdown. Ours is a small endeavor by volunteers to reach those whom the state is unable to reach. Wherever we see a pocket of suffering individuals we are happy to step and send food and essential medical supplies or dry rations that will keep people indoors. We will continue our volunteer efforts till such time as our contributors are assured that the state’s effort reach the lowest common denominator. We welcome you to participate if you wish to contribute in volunteer efforts to reach those that the administration will take some time to reach. Our Purpose: Directly support individuals impacted by the virus. As the crisis grows, the people most affected by it will be those living in India’s unorganized sector of the Indian economy. These are typically daily wagers, maids, house helps, construction site workers, plumbers, electricians, workers in small units, delivery boys, etc., and their financial well-being will be directly impacted by their inability to earn their daily wage. It is here that we can all extend our help to such affected persons in turn help their families. Requirements: (a) Food: The large amount of hourly/daily wage workers do not have the backing of any sort of insurance, and as we all know they are among the most vulnerable to the negative financial effects of the pandemic. With no way to cover expenses, workers like these will inevitably struggle to earn money for food and medicinal support. For these two important reasons, reasons, it’s important to look at us, the blessed class of people who The Almighty has granted His Graces, and make a concrete initiative to help them get ahead of the crisis by starting to provide necessary support to individuals like these. (b) Medicine These low-income households are already strained in good times to make ends meet, but this new threat makes it even more important for us to be able to provide immediate medical assistance (to address the basic Covid19 Symptoms) to these targeted households. As educated Indians we have a responsibility to take along the millions who are suffering. Our involvement here will be community participation in conjunction with local authorities to test those people who we are serving food to, and to bring them to the attention of the health authorities if they show signs of the infection. Funds: We need a massive input of funds to run such an initiative(s). Our first step is to raise Rs. 1 crore. But the amount of time and effort needed is massive. We need volunteers, we need administration support to do this, we need help from the authorities for security, we need help from medical institutions for the health checks and we need delivery partners to run this initiative. By our current estimates, the use of funds we foresee are as follows: 75% towards free preparation and food distribution, starting with a 100 percent initially. 15% percent towards medical supplies, masks, gloves, soaps, sanitizers and social distancing devices 5% towards transportation costs. We see ourselves only as the first step to doing this, we are happy to even hand over the initiative to anyone who has the wherewithal and the experience and the scale to take it up and run it end to end, and keep ourselves in a volunteer role. This is just the initiation of the exercise. It will need unprecedented support for all of us to safely get through these tough times. Since basic food is the initial element, we are looking at fulfilment of a meal with 2200 Cal (as per the WHO guidelines). We would like to tie up with cloud kitchens who have the geographical reach to source the meals at good rate (considering this is a social venture) using their existing capacities, with private equity and venture funds, who have access to the funding, to use their good offices to provide us access to CSR initiatives of their investee companies and with large corporate houses and public trusts who have been for decades doing yeomen service. Everyone is welcome to participate in this initiative. Locations: We intend to be operational in such vulnerable areas around at Agra, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Thane & Pune, though we plan to address the initiative at Bhiwandi for which the drill down is in progress, with focus in the areas such as: Kasheli Kalher Purna Bhiwandi Wada.

Operation: The initial plan is the trial pilot for Bhiwandi & Thane.

We will tie up with a cloud kitchen that will provide us with the meals prepared and delivered to us in unmarked vans in central locations in these areas. We are trying to identify a reputed Organisation (NGO) which has the passion and the wherewithal, to be able to carry out the food (and medicines) to help us with the last mile distribution in these areas. The local administration (local municipal authorities) will need to rope in to provide help in identifying BPL beneficiaries, who will help us identify the right people to be able to cater to in a meaningful manner. We are conscious of the risk exposure to those who will rush to collect the food (and medicines) for which we will have to maintain social distancing rules, the local laws (if Section 144 has been imposed). In this endeavor we will need the local administration’s permission to operate with these zones. More importantly, we will also need to Police support for helping this initiative reach its objective, without any impediment.

The above are aspects where any personal connection that you can provide us will help us in seeking the right combination which will help us steer forward together to help the needy in a concrete manner.

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