Police move to feed 1k daily enters 100th day
TimesOfIndia, 06 July 2020
Kolkata: The New Alipore police have set a unique example by completing the 100th day in feeding as many as 1,000 slums dwellers daily. There are 11 slums, located in three different wards, under the jurisdiction of the police station. Cops have served food to people daily from 11am to 12noon in over the past three months ever since the lockdown was clamped in March.
“We established a kitchen for the purpose at the police station. As our initiative entered the 100th day on Sunday, we served a special menu — fried rice, chilli chicken, chocolate and cold drinks. On other days we used to serve rice with egg or potato curry, rice with chicken curry, rice with soyabean curry and khichdi with omlet. Three teams, each of which had three cops in PPE, were constituted. They collected food boxes from the kitchen, put up folding sanitized tables and distributed the food within just five to 10 minutes at any given point. Initially, we started the venture from donations of our staff, but soon we received external support,” said an officer.
Cops ensured that social distancing had been maintained during the food distribution. “We had marked zones for collection of food. None was allowed without masks,” said the officer.