Punjab Gurudwara provides food to Madarasa students stuck due to lockdown

The unexpected shutdown due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic has seen confirmed 11,439 cases of coronavirus while 1,306 people have recovered from the disease and the death toll stands at 377. Many are finding it really hard to get access to basic necessities while others got stuck at a place where help and support is far away.

Amid this coronavirus crisis, several non-governmental organisation like the social outfits and good Samaritans joined hands to help the less fortunate in the need of the hour.

Recently, gurdwara Haa Da Naara Sahib in Malerkotla, Punjab took the responsibility to feed students of a nearby Madarasa who were stuck here after the nationwide lockdown.

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As per Quint, soon after the national lockdown was imposed the Madarasa arranged for kids to be sent back to their homes, but 40 of them hailing from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were left behind there. Bhai Narinder Pal Singh, Head Granthi of the Haa Da Naara Sahib gurdwara told The Quint that he could not bear to witness the plight of kids going hungry due to this crisis.

When the gurdwara committee came to know about their problems, they took the onus to feed them. Speaking to The Tribune, the Maulvi in-charge of the Madarsa expressed gratitude to the gurdwara for their assistance.

He said, “After the imposition of curfew, the trains were cancelled. Since we did not expect sudden curfew, we couldn’t make the required arrangements. But we are thankful to the gurdwara committee for taking care of it. They always help whenever anyone is in trouble.”

While feeding the Madarasa students on the first day, the gurdwara committee experienced problems as the students did not have the required utensils.

“The next day we also took utensils from the gurdwara. We requested the area residents, NGOs and social workers to come forward as we all need to get united and help the poor to save our country,” Bahadur Singh, who is the president of the gurdwara committee told the Tribune.

The man-in-charge of the gurdwara, Kuldeep Singh told The Quint that the gurdwara is feeding as many as 800 people in the morning and 700 people in the evening.

Besides this, the gurudwara has been serving langar to around 1,000 needy and poor people daily. The sewadars, with the assistance of local women, have been preparing langar for the residents daily. Another gurdwara in Malerkotla also took the responsibility for feeding migrant labourers who are stuck in the nearby areas due to the lockdown.