It is day 2 of India’s 21-day lockdown to break the coronavirus chain and reports have surfaced of people rushing to shops to purchase supplies. However, PM Narendra Modi has said that panic buying is completely unnecessary and assured everyone that “Essential commodities, medicines, etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close coordination to ensure this,” reports The Economic Times.
To this end, Punjab Police bought the entire stock of vegetables from an elderly vendor and distributed it among those in need. Yesterday, Noida cops came to the rescue of several daily-wage earners living in Tilpata village, Greater Noida.
What a heartwarming gesture!
The @noidapolice yesterday came to the rescue of over 80 people living in shanties by providing them rations. A resident had called the 112 Helpline, and the nearest police vehicle immediately sped to the spot. #IndiaFightsCorona #IndiaFightsCOVID19 pic.twitter.com/MSPRNTWMIY
— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) March 26, 2020
Deccan Herald quoted a police officer saying,
“As many as 82 people inhabit those shanties and they had run out of rations. One of the residents, Sanju, made a call on the 112 number and narrated their ordeal after which a Police Response Vehicle (PRV) reached there. The inspector of the PRV took 50 kg of rice and 25 kg of dal (lentil) along with his PRV team to the village to help them through the situation.”
Desi Twitter lauded their gesture and expressed gratitude to them for working tirelessly so that the rest of us can be in quarantine.
Nice work 👌👍 sir
— Shaik Mujaheed Nawaz (@Mujaheednawaz) March 26, 2020
The human face of police…should be appreciated…people understand this only in crisis… commendable!👍
— Subhash Sinha (@subhi_1301) March 26, 2020
Salute to NOIDA police🙏🕉️🇮🇳🌷
— Sudhanshu Garg (@SudhanshuGarg6) March 26, 2020
This is what we need right now… Humanity, empathy and solidarity. 🙏🙏🙏 Great efforts by @noidapolice
— 🔸𝓟𝓻𝓲𝔂𝓪_𝓚🔸 (@Priya_1604) March 26, 2020
— anjali sachdeva (@anjalisachdeva9) March 26, 2020
Let’s avoid stepping out of the house as much as we can because we’re all in this together. If we do, a gap of 3-6 feet is essential!