Bundelkhand’s ‘Roti Bank’ guarantees right to food
Mahoba, one of Bundelkhand's most backward districts, a bank goes to the
doorstep of the poorest to turn the idea of "right to food" into a reality.
Managed by a group of 40 youngsters and 5 elders, the "Roti Bank" gives
home-cooked rotis and vegetables to the needy every day.
The youngsters knock on the doors of common residents, asking
them to donate two rotis to their bank so that those who're hungry may be fed.
The initiative, which made humble beginnings in April, has now turned into a
movement which feeds at least 400 people every day.
The group, which began its work with beggars and the
destitute at the railway station, now covers a major part of the city. The
beneficiaries include patients and attendants outside hospitals, the poor on the
roads and the railway station and slum dwellers.
To them, the boys are simply god sent. "I bless these boys
from the core of my heart. They are God personified," said elderly Ram Prakash,
who cannot work because of TB.
The group divided the city into eight sectors. The collection
from a sector is kept at a common point from where the distributor volunteers
take charge. "The only appeal we make to people is to provide fresh food. No
stale food is entertained," said Haji Muddan, who heads the group.
Courtesy: The Times of India