Coronavirus Punjab: Beginning Friday, the poor and underprivileged Covid-19 patients living in Punjab can call up Hunger Helpline numbers for delivery of free cooked meals at their doorstep through the Punjab Police department.
The humanitarian initiative was announced at the cabinet meeting by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who declared that “we will not let anyone sleep hungry in Punjab.”
Such patients can call on these numbers any time of the day or night and will be provided cooked food at their homes by the Police Department, through Covid Kitchens and Delivery Boys.
The department is tying up with such kitchens and delivery agents for this purpose, DGP Dinkar Gupta said, expressing pride at the initiative taken by the Punjab Police for ensuring food for the poor coronavirus patients in Punjab.
As part of the facility of Hunger Helpline numbers in Punjab, which will become operational from 10 a.m from Friday, poor Covid patients living anywhere in the state and lacking access to food can DIAL 181 or CALL 112 at any time of day or night, on a 24/7 basis, for delivery of cooked meals at their doorstep.
During the first wave also, on the orders of the Chief Minister, the Punjab Police had converted its 112 Emergency Helpline into a ‘Hunger Helpline’.
The department had, in active collaboration with NGOs, Gurudwaras, Mandirs, and other Religious Institutions, successfully served over 12 crores cooked meals and dry rations to the people of Punjab in April-June last year.
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