The feeling of sympathy and pity comes very easily to us when we see poor people on the streets, begging under the scorching heat for merely a rupee or two. But do we really care for them? At times some people give them food to eat or a Rs. 5 coin to buy something for themselves, however, there are many who simply walk away. Even today, there might be several kids who will go to sleep without eating anything. In times of distress when the poor and needy people are left to fend for themselves, a bunch of women have taken the onus to help them get hygienic and sumptuous food at the lowest price possible.
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Meet the superstars of Raj Roti Centre, a subsidized food service program wherein the poor people are provided healthy and nutritional meal at Rs. 10. This project is a part of Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre. Located in Matunga, this group has already become a hit in the city. Not just the needy, but there are many hardworking poor people who struggle daily to meet the basic necessities, let alone save anything for themselves.
This group was started by 5 people in May 2016, but today they have grown up to 12 members. This program aims to create a difference in the lives of the “working poor” by serving them a simple meal per day. Initially, the price was Rs. 5 per meal, but now it is being offered at Rs. 10, which is still reasonable. One full meal comprises of 6 rotis, cooked vegetables and one banana.
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We have seen several instances where the benefits don’t reach the right people and others take the advantage of it. So, to avoid such a situation, this centre follows a strict law while assisting. The food goes to elderly people, those who are physically handicapped and a family of 6 people or more whose monthly income is less than 7 to 8 thousand. We are extremely proud of this group and these women, who are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that people don’t go to sleep hungry. People like them not only restore our faith in humanity but also motivates us to take the responsibility to help at least one person live a decent life.