Uttar Pradesh has turn into the primary state within the nation to geotag its 7,368 neighborhood kitchens and neighborhood shelters throughout 75 districts which produce 12 lakh meals packets a day, a senior official mentioned on Sunday. The state authorities has additionally tied up with Google to ‘Geo-map’ the places of all these institutions on the Google Maps app for ease of beneficiaries, he mentioned. “The sudden onset of the COVID-19 lockdown in the country threw normal life out of gear but it was the daily wagers and construction labourers who especially bore the brunt,” Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal mentioned.
The Yogi Adityanath authorities had anticipated the disaster early on and efficiently began establishing neighborhood kitchens by mobilising state sources on a large scale and in addition reaching out to civil society, non secular institutions and non-governmental organisations, he mentioned.
“Establishing community kitchens in adequate numbers in each of the 75 districts was a mammoth task but our respective district magistrates took the challenge head-on,” Goyal mentioned. “The problem was compounded by an influx of migrants who set out for their villages to avoid getting trapped in other states. However, despite the odds, we have managed to start 7,368 community kitchens in all 75 districts. These kitchens are producing 12 lakh food packets every day,” he mentioned.
More than two crore meals packets have been distributed in Uttar Pradesh since March 25. Out of those 7,368 neighborhood kitchens, 668 are being run by NGOs and spiritual establishments, he added. “The concept of relief camps and community kitchens is not new as every year, the DMs work out similar plans in areas affected by yearly droughts/floods. Hence, all our DMs are well-versed in providing relief to the common man,” the official mentioned.
The problem right here, nevertheless, was find out how to preserve social distancing and nonetheless feed the needy. “Therefore, we focused on providing food packets at the location itself so that the required social distancing protocol is maintained,” Goyal mentioned.
One of the largest issues that the state confronted early on throughout the lockdown was the lack of expertise among the many basic populace relating to the situation of shelter houses and neighborhood kitchens. The authorities recognised the difficulty and directed the Department of Information Technology to discover a answer, he mentioned.
The IT Department, in flip, approached the Remote Sensing Applications Centre (RSAC), Lucknow, for an answer.
The RSAC promptly developed an utility by feeding location information as per the latitudes and longitudes of all neighborhood kitchens and shelter houses throughout the state. “The app is revolutionary in terms that it will help guide the needy to the nearest centre,” the official mentioned.
To simplify it additional, Google has been roped in to supply geo-location of all such centres by means of the Google Maps app. “We have asked Google to integrate geo-locations of all community kitchens and shelter homes on its mobile map application for ease of general public. As of now, location of all shelter homes and community kitchens in and around Aligarh have been integrated with Google Maps and anyone can access them by searching with the keyword ‘community kitchen’, followed by the district’s name,” the Relief Commissioner mentioned. The information relating to all such amenities will go dwell on Google Maps within the subsequent couple of days, he added.