Coronavirus pandemic has hit hard on everyone but the daily wage earners are the most affected when it comes to financial aspects. In Mumbai, amidst the rising cases of coronavirus, it is one of the worst affected cities in India. At a time like this, Indian film stars Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty have stepped in to help Mumbai’s famous dabbawalas.
The actors along with Aslam Shaikh, cabinet minister for Textiles, Port, Fisheries & Guardian Minister-Mumbai City have come forward to support the needy. According to a report published in Mumbai Mirror, the actors and the minister are providing food to affected families. “It’s an initiative started by Aslam Bhai and Sanju, I had no hesitation in joining hands with them. Prema Cha Dabba becomes even more beautiful when everyone gets together,” Suniel said.
While speaking to the daily, Suniel said that we have already sent food trucks to Pune where a lot of these dabbawalas are housed. The report adds that so far 800 kits of rice, dal, sugar, atta, and oil have been delivered to Khed and Malval. An NGO named Save The Children India has been active in the area.
“The NGO has staff on the ground to look into everything. We have a three-month plan in place,” said Suniel, adding that they intend to reach 5000 families. In India, this has been an ongoing practice. The dabbawala’s or the delivery person brings to you a homemade lunch, delivered to office workers who can’t go home for their midday meal, which formed the beginning of the humble lunch box. This is a practice that has been going on long before Zomato and Swiggy penetrated the market.
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