New Delhi: From Srinagar to Kanyakumari, Jamnagar to Shillong, starvation is as much a threat as Coronavirus (COVID-19) for daily wagers, many of them migrants from different parts of India. Concerned over their plight, REC Foundation, the CSR arm of REC Limited, a Navratna PSU and the country’s leading financier of the power-sector projects under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power is distributing cooked food, ration, utility packets, masks, sanitizers and even providing shelter during the lockdown benefiting 76,000 daily wagers and their families till date. The REC Foundation has already sanctioned funds totalling Rs 7 crores for these activities and more such funds are already in the pipeline.
Contribution in PM CARES Fund
Acknowledging the call of Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, RK. Singh, the REC has already donated Rs 150 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund to support India’s fight against coronavirus. In addition to this, all REC employees have voluntary contributed a day’s salary to the PM National Relief Fund for the same cause.
Ties-up with Delhi Police to provide food packets
REC Foundation in association with respective state-owned power distribution utilities is providing food grain packets and other utility packets like masks and sanitizers. REC has also tied up with Delhi Police to provide 500 food packets which can feed a family of 4 on a daily basis. REC Foundation has also released funds to the offices of distribution companies, Collector or District Magistrates of various districts across India to provide cooked meals twice a day for 10-30 days. Talks are on with many other districts for the execution of the same in their areas. In addition to these, food kits are also being provided in these districts to those who have facilities to cook at home.
Providing essential goods
Around 300 workers and daily wagers engaged in the construction of REC World Head Quarters, Gurugram belonging to various states like Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Gujarat etc. and other needy people from vicinity areas are also being provided ration items like atta, rice, dal, edible oil, soap, sanitizers etc. on a bi-weekly basis.