In the midst of nation-wide lockdown to control Coronavirus, the segment of our society that suffered the most is poor.
With no work available and no food to eat, the lockdown has turned into a nightmare for the migrant workers and their families. Without any means to survive, many started a long journey to reach their villages on foot.
However, the government took timely steps to provide food packets to the poverty-stricken poor. This has saved thousands from dying of starvation.
There are still many who are facing a shortage of food supply. In order to support those unfortunate souls, the local municipalities are going the extra mile to provide food packets to such families.
But recently one news came in from Raipur in Rajasthan that broke our heart. Even the rich people belonging to well-to-do families are calling on the municipality’s toll-free number asking for food packets for their families. The reason – They can’t cook in the absence of house help or cook.
It is heartbreaking how rich people didn’t feel any discomfort in asking for food packets that were meant for helpless souls.
Over the past few days, Raipur’s municipality team has been facing many such incidents. Almost 10-15 people call them for food packets even after belonging to affluent families. They have a house, cars and all kinds of comforts.
According to a report by Rajasthan Patrika, when a team of workers visits the addresses given by such families, only then they get to know the tricks people are resorting to getting some cooked food.
“The team however hands over the food packets but they also request them to not resort to such tactics since the food is meant for poor people and can’t afford a day’s meal. They also ask them to not call again,” the report added.
As per Indiatimes, Ashish Mishra, PR officer of Raipur smart city shared with Rajasthan Patrika that they have received multiple reports of rich people ordering food packets on the pretext of being poor. They mostly tell the authorities that they do not have food at home because the cook isn’t coming to work due to the lockdown. Some say that their spouses are unwell and they do not get enough time to cook food.
It is disgusting how in a country where poor are struggling to find a meal, the ones who could, are exploiting their position.