The Dehradun district administration is taking the help of Dharmshalas, Gurudwaras and some Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to feed and provide shelter to homeless people in view of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the city. Due to the state-wide lockdown, a number of homeless people are in danger of starving as they generally depend on restaurants, Dhabas or locals for food. Since such commercial units are shut and no one is allowed to step outside their homes, the homeless people are stranded alone struggling to survive. Therefore, the district administration has started to take the aid of Gurudwaras, Dharmshalas and some NGOs of the city to provide food and shelter to such people during the lockdown period. According to The city magistrate Anuradha Pal, the district administration contacted the management of several Dharmshalas, Gurudwaras and NGOs at different locations of the city for assistance who are currently helping in feeding several homeless people every day.
She said if there is no place for a homeless to eat and stay in their area, the administration takes that person to one of the nearby said places that can provide food and shelter for next few days. If anyone finds any such person in their locality they can approach the police so that help can be brought to such people, said Pal. According to her, the administration has been finding at least 10 homeless people every day in last few days. About providing food to beggars, Pal said that so far no beggars were found on the streets or anywhere who need food or a place to stay, as according to her, most of the beggars might have their own shelter, food and family.