Fifteen volunteers, who were part of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) at various sites across the city, have been gathering funds for the poor, needy and the daily wage workers amid the lockdown owing to coronavirus pandemic.
Over the last four days, they have distributed food packets to 170 families at Powai, Vashi, Govandi, Mankhurd and Cheeta Camp. These packets, which can last for 10 days for a family of five, include 5kg rice, 5kg flour, 2kg pulses, 1kg salt, 1kg oil, 1kg sugar, tea leaves and a packet of mix spices.
“When we were raising questions against the government, we were called anti-nationals. But we are patriotic, and it is a trait that those who want something for the country will question those in power,” said Fahad Ahmad, a senior research fellow at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). “Our country needs us right now, and we are on streets distributing food.
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