Mumbai: Activist’s family reaches out to poor and needy with ration packets | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: As the new curbs amid the second wave of Covid-19 bring in hardships for the poor and daily wage earners, an activist’s family in Bandra has reached out to the needy with packets of ration.
Senior activist Shadaab Shabbir Patel, along with father Shabbir Noor Mohd Patel and daughters Neymat Patel and Raiqa Patel, began distributing ration among the poor a week ago.
So far, the Patels have distributed over 1200 packets, each weighing a 24 kg ration containing rice, flour, pulses, sugar, ghee, edible oil, spices and many other things that are needed in Ramzan.
“Most people don’t realise that the poor are finding it difficult to make two ends meet. Due to the restrictions shops and businesses are shut workers and daily wagers have been rendered jobless. They need ration to survive,” said Shadaab Shabbir Patel.
Rickshaw and taxi drivers are allowed to ply their vehicles but they are not getting many customers due to the restricted movement of people.
Only workers engaged in essential works or those needing medical help are allowed to travel in trains, buses or private vehicles.
Patel added that, unlike the lockdown last year, this time not many people are coming out to help the needy.
“Only a section of the migrants have left the city. The majority are still here living in poor slums. They need help urgently. Though we distribute our ration among needy irrespective of caste, creed and religion, our ration is reaching to many Muslims too who are fasting in the current holy month of Ramzan. We have added things to the kits which can help them in preparing iftar and sehri too,” said Patel.
The Patels were among the families that had come out to help the needy during last year’s lockdown.
Loading ration packets in tempos, they visited poor packets in the city and suburbs to distribute ration packets among the poor families, many of whom desperately needed help.

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