BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: With the coronavirus positive cases crossing the 8,000 mark in the country and the death toll reaching 273, India is struggling to contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the decision to extend the lockdown for two more weeks. Of course, this is a major worry for the daily wage earners, who are the most affected in this lockdown.
Actress Suchandra Vaaniya, who had recently turned producer with the film Purbo Paschim Dakkhin Uttor Ashbei, had been to Purulia’s Raghunathpur before the lockdown. And ever since, she has been stuck there. So, when she learnt that a villagers in some areas of Purulia are facing extreme difficulty with ration, she came to the rescue. With NGO Prayash and and a sister concern of Just Studio, Suchandra, who has acted in films like Colkatay Columbus and Nilacholey Kiriti have reached out to the villagers of Tulsibari and Chitarma in Purulia. Home to hundreds of daily wagers and farmers, Chirtarma needs immediate attention to ensure that the villagers don’t suffer from hunger and malnutrition in these days of lockdown.
Now, apart from handing over the basic ration, Suchandra is making sure that she spreads awareness about COVID-19 among the villagers. “The people here know that there is a deadly virus and one has to wear mask. They know because of this virus, they cannot go to work. When they are coming to collect the ration, we are maintaining social distancing and also helping them to understand what’s social distancing is. We are stressing on the fact to go back home and take bath in soap and water,” said Suchandra, who will stay in Purulia till the lockdown is lifted.