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Delhi: Food lines grow longer, some regret staying back

On Wednesday, volunteers at a Delhi authorities college served cooked meals to over 100 labourers and development employees in Central Delhi’s Sadar Bazaar, the place that they had gathered in hopes of discovering work.

At Authorities Women Secondary College in Deputy Ganj, volunteers from Aam Aadmi Celebration mentioned they distribute meals within the morning and afternoon whereas additionally operating a vaccination drive inside the varsity.

At 11 am, a meals truck arrived exterior the varsity to ship 5-7 massive containers of rice and daal. The volunteers positioned the containers on a desk exterior the varsity as individuals queued up for meals.

Sadiq Khan (47), a development employee, mentioned he lives along with his spouse and daughter close to a railway monitor in Previous Delhi. His household despatched him with two tiffin containers to gather meals for 3.

“My employers have nonetheless not known as me for work. When the lockdown was introduced, my household and I went to the bus stand to catch a bus for Lucknow however all autos have been full. We thought we might keep right here for a while however we remorse it now. We ran out of cash and ration in 3-Four days. Since then, I’ve been going to homeless shelters and faculties to get meals for us. My spouse will come right here (college) at 5 pm to gather extra meals,” mentioned Khan.

Within the morning, the varsity serves meals to over 150 individuals. Nitin Rathore, an AAP employee, mentioned extra individuals have joined the meals line in the previous couple of days.

“Earlier, 50-70 individuals every got here throughout lunchtime and dinner for rice and curry. Now, we serve round 150 individuals every within the morning and at night time,” mentioned Rathore.

Manu (50), who works at a utensils store within the space and lives along with his household in Motia Khan, got here to Chandni Chowk to examine if his store had opened. Upset, he took two poly baggage and joined the meals line.

“My father got here from UP and settled in Delhi nearly 60 years in the past. This place is my residence now. Even in the course of the lockdown, my household and I couldn’t go away as a result of we didn’t have cash for travelling and didn’t look forward to finding jobs in our hometown. We eat curry and roti with our neighbors, who additionally assist us with ration. Immediately I’ll take meals for everybody. I don’t suppose work will resume quickly. It’s finest to return right here and take meals,” mentioned Manu. As he was late, he was solely given meals for 3 individuals.

The general public within the line complained that their employers didn’t assist them financially in the course of the first and the second lockdowns.

Shiv Kumar (40), who works as a development employee in Noida, got here to Delhi looking for work and ultimately went to a meals line along with his mates, who got here on bikes and took meals in metal containers and poly baggage.

“I name my employer day-after-day and ask for cash however he doesn’t assist. I’ve three sons, and I’m the breadwinner. My spouse misplaced her job earlier than the lockdown final yr. Since then she has been taking good care of our kids. We don’t have a cooking gasoline connection at our residence and have been depending on our employers who gave us meals. Now, we roam round and search for meals strains in Delhi and Noida. There isn’t a work right here… I’ll take some curry for my spouse and our sons. They’ve some rotis,” mentioned Kumar.

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