Langar Sewa At The Doorstep? The Sikh Community Shows The Way As It Provides Food To COVID-19 Patients At Home | India’s Coronavirus Warriors

April 23, 2021 0 Comments



Amid the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is taking ‘langar sewa’ to home in Delhi

Highlights
  • The food is hygienically prepared, packed and delivered to the doorstep
  • 300 volunteers are involved in the process of home delivery of cooked food
  • Local Gurdwaras too assist DSGMC in food delivery in their respective areas

New Delhi: “Since childhood, we have been taught to serve humanity even at the cost of our lives. Be it any kind of tragedy –natural disasters or the Coronavirus pandemic, we have always served the people with love and will continue to do so. If it’s destined for me to contract the COVID-19 disease and die because of it, I’ll, but I cannot let the fear come in my way of helping people during a crisis”, said Avtar Singh Verka, Manager at the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) while talking to NDTV. Mr Verka is one of the 300 volunteers delivering cooked meals to COVID-19 patients at home in Delhi.

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DSGMC has taken langar or community kitchen beyond the four walls of Gurdwara to ensure no one goes hungry for whatever reason. The concept of Langar is to serve meals to all, regardless of caste, class, religion, gender, social or economic status or political consideration – especially at a time when it is most critical.

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This week, as soon as the lockdown was announced in Delhi, I started getting distress calls from all parts of Delhi. An uncle called me and started crying. He said, ‘all four of us – I, my wife, brother and sister-in-law have tested positive for COVID-19. Our kids live far away and there is no one to help us with cooked food or even deliver ration at our doorstep.’ He sounded helpless and so did others who reached out to us and it is then we decided to help COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment at home, recalled Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President of the DSGMC while talking to NDTV.

On Monday (April 19), Mr Sirsa released a video on social media informing that starting tomorrow, DGSMC will home-deliver food to families who have tested COVID-19 positive and are unable to cook or arrange food for themselves. Mr Sirsa informed that food is prepared hygienically and is packed in plastic containers and then home-delivered to patients. DSGMC along with local Gurdwaras is providing two meals a day to 4,000 COVID-19 patients daily.

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We often get calls from local Gurdwaras as well. For instance, the other day a Gurdwara from West Delhi requested 150 food packets saying they will deliver in their area. Similarly, a Gurdwara in Lal Quarter, Punjabi Bagh had requested 50 food packets, said Mr Sirsa.

To ensure the safety of volunteers during food distribution, DSGMC provides personal protective equipment (PPE) kit, sanitiser and other essentials. Talking about the fear of contracting the disease while working on the ground, Avtar Singh Verka said,

Somebody has to come forward. When on the ground, we ensure hygiene at all times. In the evening, before going back home, we take off our PPE and clothes outside the home, sanitise our belongings and then only meet our family.

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Showing his gratitude to DSGMC for the noble service, Ankit Shah, a resident of Lajpat Nagar in Delhi told NDTV,

I, my wife and son are COVID-19 positive and the weakness because of the disease has made cooking a herculean task for us. I saw a post on social media stating that these people are providing cooked food, I dropped a message on the number given and within an hour they delivered food for the three of us. For the last two to three days, we are ordering both lunch and dinner from them. They are doing a great service for free.

When asked till when DSGMC will continue the sewa, Mr Sirsa said there is no limit to it. If the demand rises to even 5 lakh food packets a day, they will supply.

Even during the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, we served 1.75 lakh people everyday. It’s only three months ago when we stopped our service but now we are back on the ground. The service can be availed by either contacting any of the Gurdwaras in Delhi or elected members of DSGMC or our helpline numbers, he added.

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Apart from this, DSGMC has restarted ‘langar on wheels’. As part of the initiative, trucks with food from Gurdwaras in Delhi go to different locations and provide meals to thousands of people for free. The food truck parks itself at a particular location and people queue up to get a meal. This way, DSGMC is serving 25,000 people living in clusters, Jhuggis, and other parts of Delhi.

In Sikhism, the sewa is taught from an early age and the sewa of Sikhs during the Coronavirus pandemic is a shining example of their community spirit.

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World

14,64,60,227Cases

5,90,20,459Active

8,43,40,308Recovered

30,99,460Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 14,64,60,227 and 30,99,460 have died; 5,90,20,459 are active cases and 8,43,40,308 have recovered as on April 25, 2021 at 4:14 am.

India

1,69,60,172 349691Cases

26,82,751 129811Active

1,40,85,110 217113Recovered

1,92,311 2767Deaths

In India, there are 1,69,60,172 confirmed cases including 1,92,311 deaths. The number of active cases is 26,82,751 and 1,40,85,110 have recovered as on April 25, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai45,478

Thane13,660

Pune9,920

Mumbai Suburban5,363

Aurangabad1,974

Nashik1,575

Raigad1,462

Palghar1,421

Solapur1,291

Jalgaon1,039

Akola757

Nagpur692

Kolhapur646

Satara629

Ratnagiri350

Amravati291

Dhule228

Hingoli208

Jalna201

Ahmednagar190

Nanded176

Yavatmal150

Sangli145

Latur139

Osmanabad125

Sindhudurg114

Buldhana88

Parbhani78

gondia69

Beed54

Nandurbar42

Gadchiroli42

Bhandara41

Chandrapur32

Washim13

Wardha11

42,28,836 67,160

6,96,298 2,666

34,68,610 63,818

63,928 676

DistrictCases

Kannur357

Kasaragod333

Palakkad224

Malappuram119

Kollam118

Thrissur106

Thiruvananthapuram104

Pathanamthitta98

Kozhikode90

Alappuzha76

Kottayam73

Ernakulam60

Idukki40

Wayanad36

13,77,186 26,685

1,98,904 19,593

11,73,202 7,067

5,080 25

DistrictCases

Udupi1,176

Kalaburagi669

Yadgir538

Bengaluru Urban529

Raichur369

Mandya346

Belagavi337

Bidar219

Hassan205

Davangere204

Vijayapura201

Dakshina Kannada179

Chikkaballapura149

Mysuru107

Bagalkote103

Uttara Kannada95

Shivamogga67

Dharwad61

Ballari60

Gadag45

Bengaluru Rural40

Tumakuru36

Kolar29

Haveri24

Chikkamagaluru19

Chitradurga14

Koppal5

Kodagu4

Ramanagara3

Chamarajanagara0

13,04,397 29,438

2,34,502 20,172

10,55,612 9,058

14,283 208

DistrictCases

Chennai23,324

Chengalpattu1,314

Thiruvallur774

Villupuram509

Kanchipuram503

Tiruvannamalai496

Cuddalore477

Ariyalur444

Tirunelveli433

Tuticorin333

Kallakurichi324

Madurai322

Salem258

Coimbatore188

Virudhunagar185

Dindigul175

Perambalur133

Ranipet133

Thanjavur130

Theni129

Tiruchirappalli119

Ramanathapuram119

Tiruppur116

Kanniyakumari110

Tenkasi103

Nagapattinam99

Karur88

Namakkal83

Erode75

Vellore71

Thiruvarur67

Pudukkottai53

Sivaganga46

Tirupathur45

Krishnagiri43

The Nilgiris17

Dharmapuri15

10,66,329 14,842

1,00,668 5,620

9,52,186 9,142

13,475 80

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119

Agra933

Ghaziabad794

Meerut504

Lucknow386

Saharanpur298

Kanpur Nagar286

Moradabad252

Varanasi243

Hapur225

Aligarh215

Basti214

Amethi206

Rampur203

Jaunpur194

Firozabad190

Barabanki168

Gorakhpur166

Bulandshahr166

Siddharth Nagar159

Ghazipur159

Bijnor157

Deoria143

Azamgarh138

Sant Kabeer Nagar132

Mathura129

Ayodhya120

Muzaffarnagar117

Sambhal116

Sultanpur97

Ambedkar Nagar92

Maharajganj85

Amroha80

Rae Bareli78

Bahraich73

Kheri72

Kannauj69

Baghpat68

Kushi Nagar67

Bhadohi60

Ballia60

Gonda59

Etah52

Hardoi49

Balrampur49

Mau48

Mainpuri46

Etawah46

Hathras43

Unnao42

Jalaun41

Jhansi41

Shamli40

Chandauli38

Auraiya37

Farrukhabad36

Sitapur32

Prayagraj30

Banda27

Shahjahanpur25

Shravasti23

Budaun23

Mirzapur22

Bareilly17

Kasganj16

Pratapgarh15

Pilibhit15

Sonbhadra10

Kaushambi6

Kanpur Dehat4

Chitrakoot4

Lalitpur3

Hamirpur3

Mahoba3

Fatehpur3

10,51,314 37,944

2,88,144 14,491

7,52,211 23,231

10,959 222

DistrictCases

Kurnool795

Krishna557

Guntur511

Anantapur428

East Godavari356

Chittoor319

Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296

Y.S.R.205

West Godavari199

Srikakulam183

Prakasam104

Visakhapatnam103

Vizianagaram23

10,20,926 11,698

81,471 7,240

9,31,839 4,421

7,616 37

DistrictCases

North West5,463

Central4,817

West4,768

New Delhi3,405

North3,059

East2,472

South East2,446

South West2,391

South2,329

North East1,914

Shahdara1,580

10,04,782 24,103

93,080 1,051

8,97,804 22,695

13,898 357

DistrictCases

Kolkata2,777

Howrah1,435

24 Paraganas North1,031

Hooghly604

24 Paraganas South281

Maldah235

Dinajpur Uttar216

Coochbehar210

Birbhum206

Medinipur West159

Medinipur East153

Nadia139

Purba Bardhaman130

Murshidabad125

Bankura116

Darjeeling97

Jalpaiguri88

Paschim Bardhaman70

Purulia66

Dinajpur Dakshin50

Alipurduar39

Kalimpong18

Jhargram9

7,28,061 14,281

81,375 6,638

6,35,802 7,584

10,884 59

DistrictCases

Bilaspur100

Korba100

Mungeli87

Baloda Bazar85

Jashpur77

Janjgir-Champa56

Mahasamund54

Rajnandgaon52

Kabirdham52

Raigarh47

Raipur46

Balod41

Korea39

Durg31

Bemetara21

Kanker19

Balrampur17

Surguja14

Gariyaband10

Surajpur9

Dhamtari6

Bijapur2

Bastar2

Dantewada0

Kondagaon0

Narayanpur0

Sukma0

6,39,696 16,731

1,22,963 516

5,09,622 17,029

7,111 218

DistrictCases

Jaipur2,177

Jodhpur1,748

Udaipur724

Bharatpur563

Kota503

Nagaur500

Ajmer379

Dungarpur374

Pali352

Jhalawar329

Bhilwara250

Sikar231

Chittorgarh188

Tonk171

Jalore164

Rajsamand140

Sirohi130

Bikaner112

Banswara91

Alwar90

Churu81

Jhunjhunu64

Dausa61

Dholpur60

Baran59

Jaisalmer53

Barmer34

Hanumangarh31

SawaiMadhopur26

Karauli17

Pratapgarh14

Ganganagar8

Bundi5

4,98,628 15,355

1,27,616 10,322

3,67,485 4,959

3,527 74

DistrictCases

Indore3,839

Bhopal1,880

Ujjain799

Burhanpur351

Neemuch319

Jabalpur276

East Nimar266

Sagar228

Gwalior211

Khargone196

Dewas140

Dhar132

Mandsaur112

Morena109

Bhind87

Raisen71

Barwani60

Ratlam51

Rewa39

Shajapur39

Hoshangabad37

Vidisha37

Chhatarpur35

Betul35

Rajgarh31

Dindori29

Sheopur26

Damoh26

Satna24

Anuppur22

Panna20

Tikamgarh18

Sidhi17

Narsinghpur17

Chhindwara16

Agar Malwa15

Mandla15

Shivpuri15

Jhabua14

Shandol14

Singrauli13

Ashoknagar13

Datia12

Sehore12

Umaria10

Balaghat9

Guna8

Harda4

Alirajpur3

Katni3

Seoni2

Niwari0

4,85,703 12,918

89,363 1,723

3,91,299 11,091

5,041 104

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad17,125

Surat2,311

Vadodara1,555

Gandhinagar410

Mahesana159

Banas Kantha147

Bhavnagar146

Rajkot135

Arvalli134

Mahisagar125

Anand107

PanchMahals107

Patan105

SabarKantha101

Kachchh99

Kheda98

Jamnagar63

Bharuch56

Botad55

Surendranagar55

Valsad47

GirSomnath45

Dohad43

Chhotaudepur37

Naysari35

Junagadh31

Narmada25

DevbhumiDwarka22

Amreli16

Porbandar11

Tapi6

Dang5

Morbi4

4,81,737 14,097

1,07,594 7,466

3,67,972 6,479

6,171 152

DistrictCases

Gurugram2,950

Faridabad867

Sonipat404

Rohtak145

Palwal120

Jhajjar114

Karnal104

Hisar98

Ambala93

Panipat78

Nuh68

Bhiwani60

Rewari56

Kurukshetra55

Sirsa50

Kaithal48

Mahendragarh47

CharkiDadri43

Panchkula39

Fatehabad38

Jind38

Yamunanagar19

4,13,334 10,491

69,384 5,327

3,40,247 5,104

3,703 60

DistrictCases

Ganjam581

Jajapur322

Khordha238

Baleshwar190

Kendrapara164

Cuttack155

Bhadrak137

Balangir129

Puri103

Sundargarh102

Jagatsinghapur91

Nayagarh86

Mayurbhanj73

Nuapada69

Gajapati61

Dhenkanal36

Boudh34

Kendujhar34

Deogarh33

Kalahandi33

Sonepur29

Kandhamal28

Anugul26

Malkangiri20

Bargarh16

Koraput16

Sambalpur16

Jharsuguda8

Nabarangpur2

Rayagada2

4,01,341 6,647

39,893 3,175

3,59,467 3,464

1,981 8

DistrictCases

Hyderabad2,475

Ranga Reddy183

Suryapet87

Jagitial77

Nizamabad76

MedchalMalkajgiri75

Mancherial43

YadadriBhuvanagiri40

Jogulamba Gadwal40

Vikarabad40

Nalgonda33

Warangal Urban32

Mahabubnagar30

Sangareddy26

Khammam26

Adilabad22

Nirmal21

Karimnagar17

RajannaSircilla16

Medak11

Kamareddy11

Mahabubabad10

Jayashankar Bhupalapally9

Nagarkurnool8

Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8

Jangoan8

Siddipet7

Peddapalli5

Bhadradri Kothagudem5

Warangal Rural4

Mulugu3

Narayanpet3

Wanaparthy1

3,95,232 8,126

62,929 4,781

3,30,304 3,307

1,999 38

DistrictCases

Patna279

Bhagalpur266

Rohtas256

Khagaria253

Begusarai243

Madhubani199

Munger188

Jehanabad178

Katihar175

Darbhanga143

Samastipur139

Siwan139

PurbiChamparan138

Purnia135

Banka134

Buxar134

Nalanda123

Gopalganj123

Nawada122

Sheikhpura118

Gaya115

Kaimur (bhabua)105

Bhojpur103

Saran101

Muzaffarpur96

Saharsa88

Supaul87

Vaishali87

Madhepura82

Kishanganj75

Aurangabad75

Sitamarhi73

Lakhisarai72

Araria68

Pashchim Champaran57

Arwal52

Jamui47

Sheohar20

3,90,801 12,359

81,961 5,541

3,06,753 6,741

2,087 77

DistrictCases

Amritsar485

Jalandhar297

Ludhiana293

Tarn Taran163

Gurdaspur154

Hoshiarpur140

S.A.S Nagar137

Patiala132

Sangrur107

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99

Pathankot86

Rupnagar (Ropar)74

Faridkot74

Sri Muktsar Sahib71

Moga65

Bathinda60

Fatehgarh Sahib57

Fazilka53

Firozepur50

Kapurthala44

Mansa31

Barnala25

3,32,110 5,663

46,565 2,622

2,77,189 2,949

8,356 92

DistrictCases

Kamrup Metro276

Golaghat203

Nagaon143

Hojai89

Dima Hasao86

Karimganj85

Tinsukia84

Cachar80

Dibrugarh61

Hailakandi57

Lakhimpur57

Marigaon50

Dhemaji47

Kamrup42

Kokrajhar37

Dhubri30

Charaideo29

Barpeta28

Udalguri28

Sonitpur27

Jorhat24

Nalbari23

Darrang20

Sivasagar20

Goalpara19

Biswanath16

Baksa14

KarbiAnglong13

Bongaigaon12

Chirang6

West KarbiAnglong5

South SalmaraMancachar4

Majuli2

2,35,689 2,236

15,545 1,603

2,18,958 619

1,186 14

DistrictCases

East Singhbum170

Ranchi148

Hazaribagh110

Garhwa80

Ramgarh75

Koderma58

Simdega48

Dhanbad32

Gumla28

Palamu27

West Singhbhum21

SaraikelaKharsawan20

Giridih19

Bokaro16

Latehar14

Khunti10

Lohardaga8

Deoghar5

Dumka5

Pakur4

Jamtara2

Godda2

Chatra1

Sahebganj0

1,95,844 5,152

45,592 2,177

1,48,364 2,865

1,888 110

DistrictCases

Anantnag395

Srinagar300

Kulgam295

Baramulla271

Shopian255

Kupwara231

Bandipora175

Udhampur155

Ramban151

Jammu138

Budgam110

Pulwama108

Kathua53

Rajouri39

Ganderbal37

Poonch35

Doda27

Reasi26

Samba25

Kishtwar10

Mirpur0

Muzaffarabad0

1,58,374 2,030

18,064 1,071

1,38,184 944

2,126 15

DistrictCases

Dehradun370

Nainital323

Tehri Garhwal110

Haridwar94

Udam Singh Nagar83

Almora71

Champawat45

Pithoragarh43

Chamoli36

PauriGarhwal36

Bageshwar31

Rudraprayag30

Uttar Kashi24

1,47,433 5,084

33,330 3,381

1,12,001 1,622

2,102 81

DistrictCases

Hamirpur117

Kangra105

Una41

Solan32

Chamba29

Bilaspur21

Mandi21

Sirmaur11

Shimla10

Kullu4

Kinnaur2

Lahaul And Spiti0

86,138 2,073

13,411 1,165

71,423 884

1,304 24

DistrictCases

South Goa69

North Goa57

75,184 1,540

12,078 1,038

62,113 485

993 17

DistrictCases

Pondicherry111

Mahe4

Karaikal2

Yanam0

52,271 899

6,767 437

44,767 453

737 9

DistrictCases

Chandigarh313

37,943 711

4,902 280

32,608 428

433 3

DistrictCases

Dhalai196

Sepahijala174

Gomati74

South Tripura53

Unakoti49

West Tripura45

Khowai24

North Tripura14

34,529 100

727 82

33,408 18

394

DistrictCases

Churachandpur32

Kangpokpi26

Imphal West21

Thoubal18

Imphal East10

Tengnoupal9

Bishnupur7

Senapati6

Chandel5

Kamjong5

Ukhrul4

Jiribam3

Pherzawl3

Kakching2

Tamenglong2

Noney1

30,281 130

705 115

29,193 13

383 2

DistrictCases

Changlang31

Papum Pare8

Lohit3

Namsai2

West Siang1

East Siang1

Upper Siang1

Tawang1

PakkeKessang1

West Kameng0

Upper Subansiri0

Tirap0

Siang0

Shi Yomi0

Anjaw0

Lower Subansiri0

Lower Dibang Valley0

Longding0

Leparada0

KurungKumey0

KraDaadi0

Kamle0

East Kameng0

Dibang Valley0

Lower Siang0

17,546 116

550 97

16,940 19

56

DistrictCases

East Khasi Hills22

West Garo Hills5

South West Garo Hills4

North Garo Hills1

West Jaintia Hills1

West Khasi Hills1

East Garo Hills0

East Jaintia Hills0

Ribhoi0

South Garo Hills0

South West Khasi Hills0

15,786 155

1,244 6

14,384 148

158 1

DistrictCases

Kargil77

LehLadakh43

13,237 148

1,972 62

11,129 209

136 1

DistrictCases

Dimapur20

Mon8

Kohima7

Kiphire3

Tuensang3

Peren2

Phek1

Longleng0

Mokokchung0

Wokha0

Zunheboto0

13,003 114

558 101

12,350 12

95 1

DistrictCases

East District3

South District3

North District0

West District0

7,158 121

798 105

6,223 16

137

DistrictCases

Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

6,379 237

1,904 119

4,471 118

4

DistrictCases

South Andamans33

Nicobars1

North And Middle Andaman1

5,614 45

138 8

5,410 52

66 1

DistrictCases

Kolasib11

Aizawl10

Mamit8

Lawngtlai2

Lunglei2

Saitual1

Champhai0

Hnahthial0

Khawzawl0

Saiha0

Serchhip0

5,388 105

712 68

4,663 36

13 1

DistrictCases

Lakshadweep District0

1,962 157

1,044 124

917 33

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