Kolkata: South Eastern Railway has been playing a significant role in providing free meals to the poor and destitute people since the beginning of the lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. South Eastern Railway, till 20th September, 2020 has distributed 4,84,901 free and hygienic meals to the helpless, poor and needy people in and around railway areas at its Headquarters throughout the four Divisions viz. Kharagpur, Adra, Chakradharpur and Ranchi.
Out of total 4,84,901 meals, 92,880 meals have been served and distributed by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) utilising its Base Kitchen infrastructure located in South Eastern Railway stations with the help of Commercial Department. The rest 3,92,021 free meals have been arranged for distribution by Security and other departments of South Eastern Railway. Various Associations like South Eastern Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation, (SERWWO), SER Bharat Scouts & Guides, St. John Ambulance Brigade, Civil Defence and others have also joined hands in this mass food distribution activity.
Foods have also been distributed through the field units of South Eastern Railway over its jurisdiction and employees are also distributing food at their personal level or jointly to the needy and poor people. Apart from cooked meals, South Eastern Railway employees are also distributing ration packets containing rice, pulses, potatoes, onions, edible oil, spices, biscuits and other essentials.
This distribution amongst the poor and needy people has been done adopting adequate safety measures like maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks et al to prevent the spread of Novel Corona Virus.