In an effort to provide "on-the-ground support" to the migrant workers who continue to leave urban India for their villages and towns amid the pandemic situation, the Alumni Network of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru is providing food kits and water bottles to each one of them.
In partnership with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the alumni network, under their programme Serving the Shramiks, is providing assistance to passengers departing from 9 railway stations in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and the NCR, apart from bus terminals in multiple cities.
Over the past two weeks, former NLSIU students from the Bar, corporate India and law firms in Mumbai and Delhi, have provided more than 1,15,000 food kits along with over 2,00,000 bottles of water and ORS to such passengers.
"Serving the Shramiks has worked closely with Indian Railways tostreamline processes for distribution of food kits to passengers going to many destinations including Howrah, Gorakhpur, Bhubaneshwar, Varanasi, Gadag, Dharbanga, Patna and Dimapur. It is a small contribution from us in the legal community at a difficult time," Rabindra Jhunjhunwala, Partner at Khaitan and Co., who is associated with the project said.
The programme has benefited from the generosity of free stocks being provided by– cake from Farokh Irani of Honeybell Cakes and Cookies, bread from Britannia and masks from Thyrocare, and also from the contributions of Civil Defence, Railway personnel and police forces on the ground.
The steering team of the Serving the Shramiks programme includes Poornima Sampath, Rabindra Jhunjhunwala, Yash Ashar and Sameera Khanna Vasudeva.
The programme is being funded by various members of the corporate and legal fraternities, including Sumir Chadha from WestBridge Capital, Ajay Bahl of AZB, Ramesh Ramanathan of Jana Foundation, Kerman Khambata, Sanaya Nariman and Craftasman Automation.
The programme has also gathered massive support from Senior Advocates Rakesh Dwivedi, Abhishek Singhvi, Mukul Rohatgi and CS Vaidyanathanand.
Advocates Shobhita Mani, Manita Doshi, Latha Nair, Anuradha RV, Saikrishna Rajagopal, Pramod Rao, Rahul Gulati, Anil Kasturi, AvinashUmapathy and Swathi Sukumar are also among the hundreds who readily offered support.