STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages and United Nations Development Programme (HCCB- UNDP) in collaboration with Regional and Urban Development Agency provided food and hygiene kits comprising rice, pulses, salt, spices, oil and vegetables to more than 400 Safai-Sathi families, the real corona warriors, for assisting the Government of India in its endeavour of ensuring that ‘No one will go hungry’ and ‘no one is left behind’. Municipal Corporators of JMC from intervention wards also facilitated distribution of ration and hygiene kits to underprivileged families of Safai-Sathis for ensuring that Safai-Sathis continue to work and earn their living, while helping manage waste inflow in the time of crisis. Avny Lavasa, Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation said, “Initiatives for Solid Waste Management (SWM) require immense support from civil society and I’m happy to acknowledge role of UNDP in supporting JMC towards this end.” Umesh Malik, VP, Public Affairs and Communication, HCCB said, “We are glad that through project Prithvi and with support from Jammu Municipal Corporation, we have been able to reach out to more than 450 Safai-Sathis and their families in addressing their basic needs of food and safety. We understand that livelihoods of these men and women are worst affected due to the pandemic. We will continue to reassess the situation with strategic interventions in addressing the needs of Safai-Sathis.” Providing an overview, Prabhjot Singh Sodhi, Project Lead, Plastic Waste Management Programme, UNDP India said, “No waste management project in India can be completed without keeping well-being of workers from informal sector in mind.” Sanjeev Arora, CEO, Regional and Urban Development Agency said, “Plastic Waste Management Programme supported by UNDP-HCCB has provided us opportunity to provide support to our frontline corona warriors in Jammu”.
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