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NEW DELHI: Delhi Police has formed its own food delivery network comprising staff from PCR and the local police with support from RWAs.
The markets and residents’ welfare associations have been asked by police to inform them in case someone needs food. An appeal has been made to citizens to contact the lockdown helpline — 011-23469526 — or the PCR if any aid is required.
Once a distress call is received, police get in touch with the area RWA through the local beat officer for immediate assistance. A team from the local police station and the PCR is then dispatched to check on the caller.
“We ask the caller if they have means to cook food or whether they require cooked items. Action is taken accordingly with the help of NGOs working with us,” said a police officer.
On Sunday, police received such a call from 80-year-old Amrik Singh Bhandari, a resident of B-Block in Greater Kailash-I. He had nothing to eat at home. His son is out of station. Som Nath, SHO of GK police station, then reached the senior citizen’s house.
Bhandari lives with his wife and a domestic help, but there were no groceries in the house. He asked police to accompany his help to buy essential items. “We got them grocery from a local shop, inquired about their health and instructed the beat officer and the RWA to look out for them,” said DCP (South) Atul Thakur.
Police received another call from 78-year-old Ravinder Bhasin, who lives alone in an apartment in south Delhi. He had called police for grocery. He sent the list of items he required and a head constable delivered them.
On Saturday, police received 1,156 calls on the 24×7 helpline out of which 100 were related to “no medicines” or “no food”.
The food network has been established in all 15 districts at more than 250 locations, feeding nearly 1,32,000 every day.
At most police stations, a list of senior citizens residing in their respective areas has been made. The policemen have been instructed to meet them and call them every alternate day to ensure everything is well or if they need anything.

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