Congress' Food Bank campaign for migrants; Youth Congress president Srinivas BV speaks to Times Now

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• “Food Bank” campaign carried out unabated since 25th March pan India

• Rahul Gandhi keeping a tab on all the relief work being done

• Congress’ youth wing receives generous support through online contributions, all donations made public

68 days since Lockdown 1.0 on 25th March, Indian Youth Congress initiated food packet distribution under “Food Bank” campaign. Youth Congress president, Srinivas BV, said that countrywide entire relief campaign for the distressed migrant workers was former Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brainchild. The youth wing of Congress is the lifeblood of the organisation that has meticulously executed various relief campaigns through the lockdown, namely distribution of dry ration, #MaskPehnoIndia” campaign, distribution of food packets at the railway station, bus stand and even shoes/slippers and basic clothes for children. Every state unit of IYC and through their social media handle #SOSIYC they have rescued and provided free transportation to stranded migrants, testimonies of which are flooded on social media. Even as unlock 1 kicks in, IYC headquarters witnessed long winding queues of migrant workers to collect food packets.

The national president of Youth Congress, Srinivas BV has emerged to be a ‘man-machine’, the force that propels thousands of volunteers to be on the forefront at ground zero, helping those in need. He attends to distress calls in wee hours and has built a wide network of colleagues who functioned as clockwork through the COVID lockdown. Srinivas received praise and recognition from party ranks with the top brass being directly in touch with him. He believes in shunning politics in their hour of humanitarian crisis and let his work speak for himself. His team now plans to reach out to those migrants who need assistance with paperwork to avail benefits that they are entitled to as pensions for elderly, widow, orphans and those who have lost their source of livelihood during the COVID epidemic.

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