It is considered that service to the poor and needy human beings is of equal importance as service to God. In this world we are living, there is endless suffering. Someone is suffering from something or the other all the time. But suffering from hunger is probably one that causes the greatest pain, and what’s of even greater pain is to watch someone close to you suffer. We get very annoyed and irritated when we see someone who we have affection for experience hunger and pain. This year we have seen a lot of incidents which have forced people to think about the choices they have made till now. How much are their own actions responsible for the pain they are suffering and what can and needs to be done to pave the way forward?
One similar such crisis appeared when the whole of India like many other countries was forced to go into lockdown to control the infection rate of the Corona Virus pandemic. Thousands and thousands of people lost their jobs, as a result. The whole country was in a mess and the people who suffered the most were the daily wage earners. As there were no people on the street, there was no job available for them to do and thus their sole source of income got cut off. These people are so poor that rarely have any savings which could support them for a longer period of time or in an unforeseen crisis. So, during times like these, these people are the ones who face the maximum brunt of the situation. They neither have the employment to support their family nor the medical facilities in case something unforeseen happens to them. This is where Narayan Seva Sansthan came to the aid of these people like saviours.
When these people were suffering for lack of food and were going to sleep on their hungry stomachs, Narayan Seva Sansthan came forward with helping hands. They provided them with food and groceries so that they can feed their family and helped them survive. They started to do this from the initial stages of the lockdown as they knew that these group of people would be the most severely affected and would perish if no one came forward to help. Since the lockdown began NSS has provided needy people with 94610 food packets, 51700 masks and 4805 families with ration supplies. They engaged in all this good work just to make sure that no one stays hungry when going to sleep.
The Sansthan not only provided the poor and underprivileged people with food but also with employment. We all have seen the suddenness with which this deadly coronavirus pandemic engulfed us and the people who were most at risk were the police, the sanitation workers, the people in the essential sector and most importantly, the people in the health sector, i.e., the doctors, nurses, attendants and other medical workers. These people needed masks and PPE kits to protect themselves from this highly communicable disease, but the existing production capacity was not enough to fulfil the demand. So, Narayan Seva Sansthan started to give the people who lost all forms of employment on account of the lockdown the necessary skills training so that they were able to sew masks and make PPE kits. This did two things, first, provided them with a source of income which helped them to earn while keeping their dignity intact and second, this bridged the massive gap between the supply and demand of the masks and the PPE kits.
3 months into the lockdown, Narayan Seva Sansthan started a campaign to feed all the poor people, the ‘Narayan Ration Yojna’ which is a “free ration scheme for all workers affected by the‘Covid-19’ pandemic.” Under this scheme, workers and people with a poor financial background and their family members would be provided with food. That ration would consist of 20 kg flour, 2 kg oil, 5 kg pulses, 5 kg rice, 2 kg salt and also 2 kg sugar. The president of Narayan Seva Sansthan, Prashant Agarwal said that “As a part of this new campaign, we would be providing free monthly ration to 50,000 poor-labourer families, in collaboration with donors’ located across India.” He also added that “Even before this scheme, over the last 3 months, free ration service has been provided to more than 7000 unemployed families. Food items, masks, sanitizers are also being regularly distributed amongst the needy. We will continue with our endeavours going forward.”
Every day the poor of the world suffer, and we can only imagine the pain they go through. We all feel a little of that pain, but rarely does someone actively do anything to provide them with much-needed relief. The humanitarian work done by Narayan Seva Sansthan is therefore a great step taken in the name of humanity. They helped people who had lost all hope survive. Such acts of empathy and kindness are always welcome and praiseworthy.
In the Agarsen Dharamshala, the Narayan Seva Sansthan Kaithal branch provided one-month ration, hand sanitizers and masks which are of the utmost importance during this ongoing pandemic to 30 poor families.
The office bearer of Narayan Seva Sansthan, Mr. Rajmal Sharma said that “Ration kits have been distributed to 50,000 people by the Institute in various cities.”Recently, in Makakhpur, 95 poor families received this food ration which helped them massively in their effort for survival. The Sansthan also said that these materials will be provided every month for the entire year. These humanitarian works are helping the poor and unprivileged people a lot and giving them the resources to survive this ongoing crisis.
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