On 25th March, Wednesday, Pinarayi Vijayan who is Kerala Chief Minister had made an announcement that the government of Kerala will provide free homecooked food for all the differently-abled people and the elderly across the state. The differently-abled community and activists have applause for this initiative.
During this Coronavirus scare, the Kerala Chief Minister wants to make sure that due to the lockdown no person in the state should stay hungry. Yesterday, the state government started the 'Community Kitchen’ program in a full-fledged mode. The freshly cooked food will be prepared by the volunteers and then it will be given to all the people in need, people from the rural areas and also elderly and differently-abled people as well.
Rajeev Palluruthy who is the Secretary of All Kerala Wheelchair Rights Federation (AKWRF) said, the efforts which are taking by the Kerala government to reach out to people with disabilities during the Curfew period are appreciated.
According to the reports, the Panchayats have got all the instructions. Now, they have to make a record of the people living with disabilities in the state. This latest initiative by the Kerala government is a good example that other states across India can follow. In the speech, the Kerala Cheif Minister had specially said that during this coronavirus time, people with disabilities and the elderly should be provided with special treatment and should be given proper food and medicines too, Rajeev added.
The Kozhikode-based Prajith Jaipal, a disability rights activist said “The Social welfare and justice department of our state has a huge role to play during this lockdown period in order to reach out to people in need. In Kozhikode alone, there are 33,614 people with disabilities according to the census. There will be two to three disabled people in every ward. So officials must identify and reach out to them. With the right planning, this is not hard to implement. Moreover, disabled people must know whom to contact in case they need help during this time. If the Chief Minister’s promise becomes a reality, it will be great”.
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