Aryav Dayanand Bengaluru India
MY CALL OF DUTY DURING COVID-19
It was around March 23rd 2020, when the Corona Virus was spreading throughout the country. Lockdown was imposed in the country. there was no sight of any person upto a few kilometres except the police and other workers. There was a feeling of silence and melancholy among the winds. Citizens of the country united together to contain the deadly virus.
My name is Aryav Dayanand and this is my experience of helping migrant workers and labourers during the Covid-19 Pandemic by distributing ration kits and food packets along with my father.
I remember sitting in front of the TV watching the news, seeing the dire situation of workers and labourers of the city. People were stranded, homeless, and were living by the support of the governments supplies. I was ghastly taken aback by the living conditions of these workers who work hard and toil to earn their daily bread for a living. These workers work hard in building the nation. It immediately struck to my mind that there must be a way to help these migrant workers and labourers.
I took up the responsibility to ask my father if there could be any way that could benefit these workers. To my surprise and a coincidence, the government of India had given funds of 5.1 lakh rupees on behalf of Container Corporation Of India(CONCOR) to my father for the CSR (Corporate social Responsibility) programme, to ensure that migrant workers and labourers and their families are taken care of by various means and measures.
This was an opportunity to help the society during these tough times and to serve the country effectively and passionately, this what i had learned from my training from the National Cadet corps bringing out the best in me.
It took around 2 days to decide and plan what had to be done. It was decided that food packets and ration kit distribution could be a way to help these poor families.
So the areas of distribution had to be chosen for the distribution and believe me some of these areas were so infamous that i had heard for the first time.
It was on April 6th , the day had finally arrived for the distribution of food packets. I felt quite nervous and fearful as there was a high risk of getting exposed to the virus as these areas of distribution were slums and one could have the higher risk of contamination, but all necessary precautions were taken and i was ready to risk my life to do this service and the opportunity to serve people.
Me and my dad arrived at Hoodi circle and started walking towards a small slum. I was shocked to see the workers living in such a state that 15 people had to fit in a small room. It broke my heart to see the workers in such a devastating state with their families. There were many children, innocent, full of glee and very cheerful. Finally, the food packets were bought and kept on a slab and we were ready for the distribution. Precautions were taken, sanitizers were given and social distancing was maintained. People slowly gathered and started to form a line. Me and my father distributed the packets to around 100 workers and to their families too. There was a feeling of reassurance from the faces of the workers which made me really happy and made me feel proud that i served my country by doing a service to the society.
After this memorable first time experience of distributing food to the poor, i accompanied and helped my father distribute food packets and ration kits to other areas such as Satellite goods terminal, krishnarajapuram, kundanahalli gate, dommasandra, kadugondanahalli, byappanahalli, kadugodi, Wilson garden etc.
I had the opportunity to even serve food to stranded migrants held near KSR Bangalore railway station and to visit an orphanage at Hoskote and supply them ration kits and even interact with the children. Totally around 1500 workers and their families were benefitted by this initiative and taken care of and also were helped in their travel back to their hometowns.
Swami Vivekananda says “All power is within you; you can do anything and everything.”
We the youth, the future leaders of tomorrow, can make a change and an impact in the society. We can help the poor by volunteering to teach at charity based schools, pitching in supplies to buy stationary materials and by gathering friends to sponsor a child’s education we can somehow offer our services.
Having had the opportunity to serve and help to those who are in need has truly changed my life. Interacting with the workers and their families taught me more about life than any teacher or textbook ever could. I now have an even greater appreciation for the life i am lucky enough to lead as well as a growing desire to do all i can to help those who are in need. No matter the situation i will give my best to my motherland. I am forever grateful to my father for giving me this experience and everything it has done for me.