Varanasi: It is a feast time for the poor children trapped in lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Their faces gleam with joy when they are given milk packets. Each child gets a half-liter pouch of milk, which is obviously a luxury for him.
These milk packets are being distributed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“About 300 milk pouches are being distributed every day among the poor children in various localities in lockdown period” said KVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena adding, “There are many NGO’s, corporates, SHGs, state governments providing food to the migrant workers and poor families only, but children of these families were left unnoticed. KVIC for the first time decided to provide milk to these children across the country”. The milk is distributed with the support of local police and administration. In last three days several localities including slums of Lamahi, Lalpur, Daulatpur, Saranath and Panchkosi Road areas were covered.
The KVIC had also launched many initiatives across the country to distribute essential items like masks made of using khadi fabric, ration kits, blankets, free food and Gamachas through its wide network of offices and Khadi institutions. KVIC has 2400 active khadi institutions in the country. These Khadi institutions donated at least 500 khadi masks to their respective district collectors to aid in the ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
KVIC has developed a double layered Khadi mask and has procured orders for supplying it in large quantities. Recently the KVIC bagged an order to supply 7.5 lakh pieces of Khadi Masks to Jammu & Kashmir Government for supply of 5 lakh masks to Jammu district, 1.40 lakh to Pulwama district, one lakh to Udhampur district and 10,000 to Kupwara district.