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Quarantined Student-Youth Network is an initiative by students and youth from various parts of Bengal to stand in solidarity and provide food/ration to people-in-need.

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The current state of lock-down is a way to battle the COVID-19 virus. Many would agree that it is a fight for the preservation of human civilization as whole. But another battle exists simultaneously – the fight for those who may die of hunger much before infection from the virus.

We all know that a significant section of India’s population falls below the poverty line. Its unorganized workforce is made up of people who form the backbone of the economy but receive little protection or benefits. It goes without saying therefore, how the lives of migrant labourers and daily-wage earners have been completely disrupted by the state of lock-down. To forget them in this time of utmost distress would be an act of selfishness indeed.

Keeping this in mind, we, the students and alumni of various universities across West Bengal have formed teams under Quarantined Student Youth Network to extend a helping hand. These teams operate on a local basis by surveying the requirements of daily-wage earners and other marginalized people in specific localities and providing the same to the best of our abilities. We are trying to raise as much funds through crowd-funding as possible to change the situation in our small way.

Through 26 People's Kitchens, we have been able to provide cooked meals to almost 100000 people and rations to approximately 9000 families in close to 360 villages . This network has not limited itself to Bengal and has been working across Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad as well. We have tried to deliver rations worth two weeks to more than 8500 migrant workers. Now we are committed to stand by as many cyclone affected people as we can!

Amphan

The devastation brought by Super cyclone "Amphan" has disrupted the lives of people who have lost so much because of the lockdown. Over the last few days, we have tried to understand the situation by contacting residents of Sundarbans and West Medinipur, particularly those who live near dams or water bodies. The problems differ from area to area. The roofs of more thousands houses in a village have been blown away. In areas adjacent to water bodies, salt water has flooded agricultural land and ponds. The government centers that have been demarcated as shelters are already serving as quarantine centers. The after effects of Amphan will only serve to increase the burden on them. It is imperative to stand by people in these areas through medical camps and People's Kitchens and supply of essentials.

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The report page displays all the places in West Bengal where people have reported problems with the Pubic Distribution System (PDS) set up by the Government. You can also report problems in your area. Follow the link to see the map and report.

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