Mumbai, April 25, 2020: India Pulses and Grains Association (IPGA), the nodal body for India’s pulses trade and industry today announced its decision to join the nation’s efforts in providing relief during the COVID-19 lockdown.
IPGA, as a part of its activities, has decided to contribute a sum of Rs 21 Lakhs to the PM-CARES Fund, which is in addition to the various amounts contributed by their members. The overall contribution from the Pulses Trade to PM-CARES Fund is close to Rs 5 Crore. This is over and above the contribution made by IPGA Members in the form of food grains, sanitizers, masks, gloves and similar essential commodities and products.
IPGA, apart from the contribution to PM-CARES Fund, is also supporting the frontline fighters as well as the migrant families and needy families stuck in containment zones. IPGA will be providing a total of 6,000 food grain ration bags for this cause. Each bag of ration will contain 5 kgs of rice, 5 kgs of atta, 2 kgs of dal, 1 litre of cooking oil, 1 kg of sugar and 1 kg of salt.
IPGA has handed over the first batch of 500 ration bags to Mr Bellale, Assistant Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for distribution in the containment zone in F-WARD North. IPGA will be providing 3,500 more bags for F-Ward North and another 1,000 bags in the Worli Koliwada area. IPGA also handed over the first batch of 500 ration bags out of 1000 bags to Shri Suresh Mengade, DCP – SB at the office of the Commissioner of Police at Belapur in Navi Mumbai.
Speaking about the initiative, Jitu Bheda, Chairman, IPGA said, “Supporting the police personnel of Navi Mumbai is our way of expressing our gratitude to them for the tireless efforts taken by them to ensure that the APMC continues to function every day. APMC is the hub for the distribution of food grains, vegetable, fruits and other essential commodities to Mumbai City and every day a high number of trucks carrying essential commodities arrive at APMC and the number of people in the area is extremely high making it a high-risk area. It is the crucial responsibility of Navi Mumbai police personnel that proper social distancing, sanitization and controlled movement of citizens is maintained which they have been managing admirably.”
Bimal Kothari, Vice Chairman, IPGA said, “As the nodal body of the pulses trade, we are proud to be a part of this affair and to be the first association to do this. We hope that our effort encourages other similar associations to come forward and contribute. The migrant population in Mumbai is in a way a huge support system to our society. Many of them work in various infrastructure projects, as daily workers in mandis or wholesale markets, in our houses and many other areas. This is the time, that we as a city need to come together to take care of them and support them.”