Srinagar: As Kashmir continues to grapple with coronavirus pandemic, several business families and trade groups of the Valley have joined hands to provide meals to the needy people, especially those hit with Covid, in this holy month.
They will be starting the operation from today (Sunday) with the distribution of over 2400 food packets for Iftar.
According to Sahil Zaroo, organiser of the initiative, it is a joint initiative of various business families and groups to help the community in these difficult times.
“It is not an NGO. The families thought of doing something for the people in these testing times,” Zaroo told Kashmir Observer.
He said they will start distributing the food packets initially, and then expand it and help people with oxygen concentrators and other needy items.
Zaroo said, many hospitals in Srinagar witness a rush of attendants, who find it hard to have the meals. “So we thought of providing them the food at least”
He said they have roped-in various NGO’s who will be provided the food packets for distribution.
The business families that are taking part in this initiative include Zaroo's, Khazir Sons, Jamal Carpet Industries, Ali Shah Group of Hotels, Mushtaq Chaiya Group, Saifco Cements, Manan Tramboo of Khyber Milk, Kanwal Foods, Shaw Brothers, Hat Trick Foods, Pride of Kashmir-Dubai, Royal Kashmir-Oman, Labaika Tour and Travel, Alkhuddam Tour and Travels, Rose Petal Hotel, Mr Sanjer Dev (Papa Roti), Grand Mahal Hotel Nishat, Taj Hotel Group and 40 Members of Kashmir Chambers of Commerce and Industries.
Zaroo appealed people to come forward and help them in this initiative. He can be reached on 91 99990 12436.
Meanwhile an NGO KashmirCare has also come forward providing Iftaar meals to the Covid Patients and their families and caretakers.
"Kashmir needs to put together a crisis group and we at KashmirCare would be facilitators to this noble cause and will organise the collection and distribution of these food packets / iftaar meals to various Hospitals, NGO’s and Darul-ulooms", KashmirCare's Nadima Mir told Kashmir Observer.
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