kolkata, During the crisis in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, South Eastern Railway has rendered yeoman service by providing free meals to help the poor, needy and destitute people. South Eastern Railway, till now has distributed 4,77,171 free and hygienic meals to the helpless, poor and needy people nearby and outside railway areas at its Headquarters & all over four Divisions viz. Kharagpur, Adra, Chakradharpur and Ranchi.
Out of total 4,77,171 meals, 92,880 meals have been served and distributed by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) utilising its Base Kitchen Infrastructure located in South Eastern Railway stations with the help of Commercial Department. The rest 3,84,291 free meals have been arranged for distribution by Security & other departments of South Eastern Railway, Various Associations viz. South Eastern Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (SERWWO), SER Bharat Scouts & Guides, St. John Ambulance Brigade, Civil Defence etc. have also joined hands in this mass food distribution activities.
Foods have also been distributed through the field units of South Eastern Railway over its jurisdiction and employees are also distributing foods at their personal level or jointly to the needy and poor people. Apart from cooked meals, South Eastern Railway employees are also distributing ration packets containing rice, pulses, potatoes, onions, edible oil, spices, biscuits etc.
This distribution amongst the poor and needy people has been done adopting adequate safety measures including social distancing and imparting best practices by wearing face masks in this situation to prevent the Novel Coronavirus.