HRIDAY – A YOUTH INITIATIVE PROJECT TO FEED THE UNDERPRIVILEGED.

News Desk, News Nation 360: In the midst of the on-going pandemic, among the hardest hit sectors were the informal workforce sector, the essential worker's sector which includes rag pickers, doms, sweepers and janitors, office peons, small office clerks and sex workers. Some of these people live in places where social distancing is a luxury: Dingy ghettos with barely a foot between two houses with some of these houses being barely wide enough for five or six people to sleep in, not live in. Some of the people of the lower middle cannot beg and are forced to starve themselves and their families day after day. Many among these people do not have a ration card to avail government rations. Three leaders, three young students: Saheli Chakraborty, a law student of NUJS, Kolkata; the two engineering students Namrata Chakraborty and Turbasu Chatterjee, leaders of Lions Club of Kolkata Rabindra

Sarovar all with a common ideology came together and formed Hriday: a project in answer to these dire circumstances. To stand united and fight hunger among the underprivileged and the less fortunate. A plan was drafted in one short day, and they began crowdfunding the entire project. Little by little as the funds and contribution in kind came in, the project grew until it was decided that distribution would begin. On the first day, till today for the last three phases of Lockdown, the young leaders have been on the ground. Unlike, most of the organisation, they have not donated or done the project through any other ground. Rather, they themselves have been on the ground distributing the same, and have reached to over 30,000 people, with their ration packets. As the project grew and gathered momentum, it caught the eye of youth icon and Member of Parliament Nusrat Jahan, who came out to support them in their efforts. Together they had managed to send

over 200 packets to Basirhat, West Bengal, which shall cover more than 7 days. And, this project is not limited to the city. Hriday has grown out of a small idea and is now feeding hundreds on a daily basis. This is a call for the youth: The youth of Kolkata, the youth of Bengal, the youth of India.

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Report: Anustup Kundu

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