Vijayawada: South Central Railway, Vijayawada Division has been able to distribute free food to over 3.5 Lakh migrants onboard 225 Shramik Special Trains passing through the Division from May 2 to 25.
The Division partnered with IRCTC to serve the needy from its base kitchens on the Division, to serve the food and water to migrants at all important junctions like Nellore, Gudur, Ongole, Vijayawada, Rajahmundry and Samalkot.
According to an official press note, several local NGOs of Vijayawada like Satya Sai Seva Samithi, Amaravati Runners, Amrutha Hastham, Doctors’ Association, Zariya Foundation, Jain Association have voluntarily come forward to serve the migrants with free food and water at Vijayawada every day.
At Rajahmundry, Keasavabhatla Charitable Trust & ISKCON and other NGOs are doing indispensable services by working in unison with Railway Officials for distributing food to migrants onboard.
Proper care is being taken to ensure that the food served at all locations is prepared in the most hygienic conditions. Efforts are also undertaken to identify requirements and staple food habits of various needy sections of the people, so as to prepare the food to suit their habits and taste.
While the Railway Protection Force joined the initiative by making contribution towards both the distribution of food as well as in ensuring that the task is done duly following adequate physical distancing norms. Operating and Commercial Branch are specially monitoring the movements of the Shramik Special along with catering arrangements at important junctions basing on its arrival/departures in the Division to avoid any inconvenience to the travelling passengers.
Divisional Railway Manager, Vijayawada Division, P Srinivas, has been highly appreciative of the work being done by all the Railway Personnel in this regard. He also thanked the NGOs and their staff for selfless efforts.
He is grateful to them for helping the Railways in distribution of free food to the needy in these difficult times. He advised all the Railway personnel to continue with the initiative so as to assist the vulnerable sections in these critical times and contribute with their bit in the effort.