Mumbai: In order to provide assistance to those in need during the COVID-19 lockdown in Mumbai, the Indian Navy has provided ration packets consisting basic food items to the State Govt. authorities for distribution amongst stranded migrant labourers on April 04 and 08.
On April 03 the office of the district collector for Mumbai city had requested Indian Navy assistance to provide relief to the large number of migrant labourers who are stranded in the lockdown. Acting on the request, the Western Naval Command promptly arranged around 250 ration packets on 04 Apr 20. The packets contained adequate quantities of food items and these were handed over to the local authorities near MusaafirKhana and at the Collector Office near Asiatic Library. Distribution points were set up at Cuffe Parade and Kalba Devi.
On April 08 an additional 500 ration packets were provided to the local authorities and also distributed amongst the stranded construction workers at Kamathipura area.
Indian Navy has been extremely proactive in dealing with an unprecedented crisis that India is facing. IN had created a COVID-19 core working group at Southern Naval Command. The working group has developed a Trg Capsule for Battle Field Nursing Assistant (BFNA), for the training of non-medical personnel who will work as force multipliers in times of emergencies.