Banglahunt Desk: Shayarani Sahu, who lives in Bhadrak district of Odisha, is distributing free vegetables among the residents of at least 15 nearby villages due to the lockdown. The 58-year-old farming woman continues to serve the poor even in the lockdown due to corona virus (COVID-19).
Apart from Kuruda village under Basudebpur block of Bhadrak district, Chhayarani and her family have distributed over 50 quintals of fresh vegetables in Bhairabpur, Alabaga, Lunga, Brahmanigaon, Binayakpur and even in some wards of Basudebpur and other villages. On April 23, when a complete shutdown was declared for 60 hours in Bhadrak district, Chhayarani and her family distributed over 25 quintals of vegetables to nearby villages.
He said, “I was doing this even before the lockdown. Whenever people need, I help them by distributing vegetables and milk. People used to come home to collect vegetables. Besides, I used to distribute 1-2 kg of ghee and milk among the senior citizens for various yajnas.
Her family with four children and husband Sarveshwar Sahu. They cultivate vegetables on the farm and raise 20 cows. They make a living by dairy farming. In normal times, they could earn more than Rs 3 lakh a year by cultivating vegetables. But knowing that it would not be more than 50,000 at the time of this lockdown, they decided to distribute all the vegetables among the poor people. A group of volunteers is also involved in this work. They packed vegetables and rented a tempo and went from house to house with vegetables during this crisis.
When the village is large he goes there with his family and a group of volunteers. But they sent cars to small villages. And from there the villagers collect their necessary tomatoes, pumpkins, eggplants, wendy, carrots, beets, raw chillies and even spinach. Also, he distributed about 30 liters of milk from about 12 cows, which they give to villagers and police personnel on lockdown duty.
Despite their own financial difficulties at the moment, her husband, two sons and their wives are by her side in this work with her. He acknowledges that his efforts to feed the needy have considerable risks.
However, he continues to do so without the use of masks, following the rules of social distance, and large gatherings of people. “I use a mask and be careful,” he said. I am doing this to help others and to be aware of myself. People are dying of starvation, so I'm glad I can somehow prevent it. '