SILCHAR: Daily wage earners to all sections of marginalized people are faced with difficult times with all avenues of their income being blocked. COVID 19 lockdown 4.0 is to begin in three days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advice to stay indoors and stay safe has been most welcomed. The silver lining during this worst human crisis is the spontaneous response of social organizations to extend helping hand. Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari of the border town of Karimganj, in association with Daily Prantajyoti publishing house, has stood by the hawkers and others in distress. This has come in for appreciation from the civil society.
Arup Roy, well known journalist, rightly spoke about the hard and strenuous life of hawkers who, with the break of dawn, move out on cycles or on foot to deliver newspapers at doorsteps. For them, sun and shower, cool breeze and whizzing wind passing by, make no difference. They have to reach and do their job. Delay in delivery often invites wrath for them. Vivekananda Kendra and Prantajyoti, besides felicitating them in the premises of Baby Land School, provided more than hundred hawkers with bags of rice, pulses, cooking oil, soyabeen and potato.
The beneficiaries were also given necessary pieces of advice by senior citizens present on the occasion to maintain social distancing, wear masks and live in a hygienic way. Lopamudra Mazumdar, educationist, added that this is the best possible manner to keep the virus at bay. The venue for the humanitarian work, Baby Land School, was well chosen as it was founded by Eknath Ranade, the think tank behind Vivekananda Rock Memorial, reminded Arup Roy. Hawkers in general expressed their gratitude to the organizers for keeping their distress in mind.