New Delhi, March 25 | Even as the Railways extended the suspension of passenger, mail and express train services till April 14 in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing a 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday held a meeting with all general managers and DRMs to take stock of the running of freight trains.
In a tweet, Goyal said, “Had a meeting with GMs and DRMs over Video Conference and took stock of freight trains running to supply essential commodities amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.”
“Gave appropriate instructions to ensure there is no shortage in the availability of essentials to the citizens,” the railway minister said.
His remarks came amid the functioning of only goods trains to transport essential items.
On Tuesday, a total 891 rakes were loaded by Indian Railways which also includes other important commodities like 121 rakes of iron ore, 48 rakes of steel, 25 rakes of cement, 28 rakes of fertiliser, and 106 rakes of containers among others.
About 9,000 goods trains are running across the country to ensure the supply of essential items.
The railways has earlier announced suspension of passenger train services from March 23 to March 31. However, it extended the suspension of passenger train services till April 14 after Modi on Tuesday in a special address to the nation announced a three-week lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”