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During the COVID 19 crisis many NGOs have come up to help the people in need

By N.S.Venkataraman

As  India is now passing through tremendous  stress due to COVID 19 crisis and the consequent prolonged lockdown , the most affected  are those living below poverty line, who constitute around 20% of national population ( around  250 million people).

Who are deeply deprived persons ?:

Amongst these affected people, the deeply deprived persons constituting around 50 million of national population consist of the physically disabled persons , visually impaired, hearing / speech impaired and mentally retarded persons, aged people in poor health , destitute women and section of self  employed people with no skill such as rag pickers.

Even in normal times, these deeply deprived people  live in desperate conditions without knowing as to where their next meal would come from.  These people have been surviving due to the freebies such as free rice etc. extended by the government as well as welfare  pension  such as old age pension etc. Without such freebies and pension support from the government , most of  these people would have lost their lives due to poverty and sickness.

volunteer NGO COVID 19 crisis
The governments can continue to extend support such as free rice , pension etc. as given in the normal times after COVID 19 period , which would not be adequate to sustain the deeply deprived person. Pixabay

Help extended during COVID 19 crisis :

During the COVID 19 crisis, central and state governments  as well as non government organisations , voluntary bodies  and kind hearted individuals have been doing their level best to support these deeply deprived 50 million people all over India, by extending support in various forms.

Obviously, the government and non  government bodies would not be able to extend support that were extended during the COVID 19 crisis,  after the COVID 19 period, as they would run out of funds.

Need for support in post COVID 19 period :

The governments can continue to extend support such as free rice , pension etc. as given in the normal times after COVID 19 period , which would not be adequate to sustain the deeply deprived  persons , in view of their  extensive sufferings during the COVID 19 crisis.

For example, large number of visually impaired persons and differently abled persons survive during the normal times by selling assorted items in running trains or platforms etc. Other deeply deprived persons normally would involve themselves in some activities or other to get some marginal income to sustain themselves , even as they get support from government by way of free rice and welfare pension. All these deeply deprived people have lost such marginal income during the lockdown period.

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In recent years, it is seen there is enormous interest amongst most of these deeply deprived  people to atleast educate their children , so that they can  take up jobs to uplift their families. They have to be supported, as adequately educating the children of poor families is the best way of uplifting the poor and downtrodden families.

In the post COVID 19 scenario, due to the income lost during the lockdown period, these deeply deprived people are now facing desperate conditions and they will not be able to come out of this distressed conditions without support from society.

What strategy to help in post COVID 19 period :

volunteer NGO COVID 19 crisis
During the COVID 19 crisis, central and state governments as well as non government organisations , voluntary bodies and kind hearted individuals have been doing their level best to support these deeply deprived 50 million people all over India, by extending support in various forms. Pixabay

A strategy has to be worked out by the people in the affordable income group,  to  help these 50 million people  to survive .

In such conditions, one remembers  the “Pidi Arisi Thittam” (plan for giving handful of rice) suggested by His Holiness Kanchi Paramacharya. (pontiff of Sankara Mutt in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu who passed away around  two decades back)

Knchi Paramacharya, suggested to people to set apart   handful of rice every day,  so that it can be used for preparing offerings to the deity (Naivedya)  and later distributed  to the poor and downtrodden people. This advice of Kanchi Paramacharya has to be extended a little more in the post COVID 19 scenario.

Let every family maintain a small hundi in the residence  and whenever the family members take  lunch or dinner every day , let every family  remember the plight of 50 million deeply deprived people and deposit a small amount , whatever they can afford , in the hundi.

Let each family identify  one poor family who are part of the 50 million deeply deprived people and handover the sum deposited in the hundi to them every month.

If every family in the affordable income group would adopt such helpful attitude and practice, it will help in a very big way the deeply deprived  people to find a way out for themselves and enable their  children to undergo education  to occupy the rightful place in the society as they grow up.

This is an ideal method of helping the deeply deprived people and  to derive huge satisfaction for every one of the donor.

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If individual family in the affordable income group,  would not have the time or contact to identify such deeply deprived  people, then, the deposited amount in the hundi every month, can be handed over to any NGO for  providing to the needy  people  and get a receipt to be submitted to the donor.

The ideal arrangement for the donor would be to contact the deprived  family, personally talk to them in an encouraging way and provide the sum to them every month , whatever  the amount  may be, so that the deeply deprived  families would not  get a feeling of isolation and gain confidence that they are part of the  society.

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