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COVID 19 unsung warriors—Chandigarh NSS volunteers

May 05, 2020 12:40 PM

CHANDIGARH: A hero does not have to wear a cap or ride on a stallion. The people who inspire us can come from so many different walks of life. COVID 19 has brought forth many hidden heroes from different walks of life. Some wages war in pandemic battlefield, some continue their fight while at home in one way or the other. There is a force of NSS volunteers in Chandigarh that has been working tirelessly for poor away from media attention since day one COVID 19.

While talking to Mr Bikram Rana, State Liaison Officer, Chandigarh NSS Cell, who himself in the forefront to monitor all the activities of NSS volunteers during pandemic said that keeping the enormity of pandemic, he deputed 85 NSS programme officers along with 44 officials have been deployed in the field in services of needy, poor and down trodden section of society. From distribution of medicines, ration and packets of cooked food in colonies and slum areas to be active on social media NSS volunteers were there busy silently to complete the assigned work. “We facilitate the distribution of cooked food as well as ration at each and every areas of colonies and slums, ” said he.  

He further revealed that over 34, 000 videos of face mask making have been shared with members, various groups, youths and villagers and up to May 3 7, 950 people have started mask making work. They have stitched over one lakh face masks and distributed among the poor free of cost.

Besides,   32, 349 volunteers have got register themselves with iGOT portal of Government of India for MoYA training. He also stated that he has to send report to government of India on daily basis regarding activities taken up by the NSS volunteers in fight against the pandemic.

The activities carried out by the Chandigarh NSS volunteers include face mask making; cooked food and ration distribution; sanitization of hot spots and spread of awareness among the public about social distancing and steps to be taken for prevention of pandemic spread.

“NSS volunteers have also handle people at 37 important places such as banks, hospitals and public service places. Besides, 30 old people have been taken care, ” told Mr Rana.

Mr Rana also admitted that COVID 19 has given the NSS Cell nearly double strength to work, a sense of discipline and enjoyment of selfless service towards poor and needy. Mahatma Gandhi offered us a ‘Talisman’ to keep him in moment of doubt and confusion. It is this ‘Talisman’ that we need to hold up to public policy in the glittering world of vast reservoirs of darkness, he said. Sense of confidence is visible on his face when he moves on to another assignment.

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