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GURUGRAM: As thousands of migrant workers have left the city, and factories are humming back to life providing livelihoods to some of those who remain, the demand for cooked meals provided by MCG and district administration has reduced by nearly 30,000 meals per day. Now, the authorities will have to make a new estimate for daily meals to ensure no food is wasted.
Since the lockdown has been extended, some community kitchens and social organisations engaged in feeding the needy have also backed out due to lack of resources.
Till recently, authorities were distributing a total of 1.3 lakh meals at the relief centres every day for lunch and dinner. On Friday, a total of 55,000 meals were prepared for the morning shift and around 52,000 food packets were prepared for dinner.
For example, there was a requirement of 4,000 meals per day in Kadipur, which has now halved, officials said. Likewise, in Khandsa, the demand for meals has gone down roughly by 3,000 meals a day. There are multiple reasons to it, said officials, adding that dry ration has been distributed in the area, markets had opened there and spike in number of cases from the area restrict people from going out and that is the reason, the demand has reduced.
“With restrictions being eased and migrants going back to their home states, we are finding it difficult to determine the number of meals we need to prepare and distribute. People were visiting relief centres in their area to get cooked food but now, fewer people are turning up,” said Mahabir Prasad, additional commissioner, MCG and nodal in-charge for food distribution in the district.
Officials add that at least eight community kitchens and NGOs have stopped serving food citing lack of funds and some more are in the same boat. The food distribution team has requested the district administration to provide them dry ration. However, officials say that since the kitchens contributing significantly have not stopped yet, there hasn’t been much impact on food.
“We had not initiated some organisations in the first and second phase of the lockdown and these will now replace those that have withdrawn. We are still serving 1 lakh meals per day,” said Vivek Kalia, estate officer, HSVP and nodal officer for food distribution in Gurugram for Covid-19.