Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty, in coordination with Aslam Shaikh, Cabinet Minister for Textiles, Port, Fisheries & Guardian Minister-Mumbai City, have come forward to help Mumbai’s dabbawalas whose daily livelihood have taken a beating due to Coronavirus lockdown.
According to a report published in a leading daily, the actors and the minister are providing food to the affected families. Suniel told the daily, “It’s an initiative started by Aslam Bhai and Sanju, I had no hesitation in joining hands with them. Prema Cha Dabba becomes even more beautiful when everyone gets together.”
Suniel further told the publication that food trucks have already been sent to Pune where several dabbawallas are currently put up. His NGO, Save The Children India is executing the mission ensuring that the food reaches them without any middleman intervention. The report also said that so far 800 kits of rice, dal, sugar, atta and oil have been delivered to Khed and Malval. Suniel added, “The NGO has staff on ground to look into everything. We have a three-month plan in place,” adding that they are targeting to reach 5000 families.
Past 125yrs a never tiring stride of 5,000 odd dabbawalas who fed hundreds of Mumbaikars everyday are now struggling for two square meals a day due to #Lockdown .
— Aslam Shaikh, INC (@AslamShaikh_MLA) July 14, 2020
Shaikh said that the dabbawallas are the ‘second lifeline of Mumbai’ who are badly affected by the ongoing pandemic. He said, “They could have got into any other business and earned more money. But they chose to do this to serve people, their motive is purely humanitarian. Now that things have gone bad for them, it is our responsibility to stand by them and support them financially. We will help them in every way we can, including providing them with cycles.”
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)