The year 2020 is badly stricken by the coronavirus pandemic and every section of the society has come up to help the poor. Various NGO’s have come up as corona hero to support the needy by distributing grains, vegetables and food packets. Apart from NGO’s; it is the Indian Railways that stood for coronavirus patients. From converting coaches into isolation ward or by distributing food to poor people; it has actively participated in the campaign of reviving the society from this pandemic. Special arrangements have also been made for the workers on behalf of the administration. Ministry of Railways has offered to provide 2.6 lakh daily meals to the states from railway kitchens spread across the country. Food packets will be available at the rate of Rs 15 per packet. The Indian Railways is contributing in the ongoing fight against the Coronavirus epidemic. Railways have given the facility to states to pay money later.
Food will be Available from Railway Kitchen
The country has been fully locked down till 3rd May. The Indian Railways is making many efforts to provide food to poor and needy people. At the same time, it is running special on-demand parcel trains so that people can get necessary and basic items in every part of the country. The Railways has offered to pack 2.6 lakh food packets daily from its various kitchens in every district. The administration will be ready to take prepared food for distribution to the needy during lockdown. On behalf of the ministry, it was said that in this regard, information has been given to the officials of districts across the country.
Food Packet will be Available for Rs.15
According to the ministry, details of railway base kitchens have been given to the states. Considering the kitchen capacity of the designated districts, 2.6 lakh food packets have been offered daily to the needy. More cooks will be employed to increase the supply when needed. Food packets will be available at the rate of Rs.15 per packet. The payment will be made to the state Governments later. Railway officials said that the states will have to pay the extra demand for food.
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Railways has distributed more than 20 lakh food packets so far
Indian Railways has given more than 20 lakh freshly cooked food to stranded people, daily wage labourers, migrants and other persons trapped in lockdown. The Railways said in a statement that “through the cooks of IRCTC, RPF resources and NGOs, it is providing food packets during afternoon and night from March 28th. Railway said, ‘While providing food to the needy people; extra care is being taken to maintain distance between people, cleanliness etc.’ Further, the statement expressed that 20 lakh packets of food were distributed till Monday from the kitchens located in different cities of IRCTC. Out of these, 11.6 lakh packets were made available by IRCTC. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) provided 3.6 lakh packets from its own resources, 1.5 lakh by commercial and other departments of Railways and about 3.8 lakh packets by NGOs working with railway organizations.
Railway Hospitals will treat Coronavirus Affected Government Employees
The Indian Railways has also come forward for the government employees in the ongoing fight against Coronavirus. To protect the health of central employees, Indian Railways will field its 2500 doctors, nurses and about 35 thousand paramedical employees. Coronavirus infected central employees will be able to avail railway health services by showing their identity cards. Railways has 45 sub-divisional hospitals, 56 divisional hospitals, 16 zonal hospitals and 8 production units in addition to 586 health units across the country. A large part of these hospitals will now be made available to central staff for treatment of corona epidemic.