Mumbai netas reach out to voters in times of Covid-19

MUMBAI: Some politicos across Mumbai, especially those who have voters in their constituency coming from the lower income groups are ensuring that they are provided free ration in these turbulent times of lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
In some cases, where labourers do not have the means to prepare food, cooked meals are being supplied. Their only request to the labourers is to not come and queue up and food will be delivered to their houses to avoid any spread of the virus.
In Bandra east, first time Congress MLA Zeeshan Siddique, decided to donate his two months salary to the Chief Minister Relief Fund in wake of the Covid-19 scare in the city. He said that apart from thatt, he has decided to provide basic grocery supply to 5,000 homes in his area consisting of parts of Behrampada, Naupada, Bharat Nagar, all in Bandra east where several people have a hand to mouth existence.
“There are also a few warehouses in my constituency where people do not cook daily and so we plan to give cooked meals to the workers. I have requested my team members to ensure that food, whether basic groceries or cooked meals, are provided to people where they stay so that there is no crowding out anywhere,” he said, adding that he was also getting fumigation and disinfecting of building societies, slums lanes, done in his constituency.
In Goregaon, BJP corporator Sandeep Patel on Friday distributed food packets to all the security guards in his area. Soon he said they will be starting a central kitchen for the needful. He also plans to provide groceries to houses in his area where people are struggling to make ends meet as they have been unable to go out and work owing to the lockdown. “In some of the slum pockets in my area, like Motilal Nagar and Jawahar Nagar, I distributed masks to the locals. Mask is currently a necessity and therefore I gave it to those I felt may not be able to purchase,” said Patel.
Former corporator Praveen Chheda also distributed masks in Ghatkopar area. He said that he mainly ensured to give out masks to those involved in providing the essential services, like BEST bus drivers, handkart pullers carrying groceries, vegetables, etc. “My teams have been asked to ensure that everyone involved in providing essential services in the area is handed out a mask,” said Chheda.

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