Residents of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) tenements in Perumbakkam have been pooling in money and resources and feeding over 300 elderly residents, including differently abled persons, who are struggling without food during the lockdown.
Siragugal (wings) is a resident welfare association of Block C of the Perumbakkam TNSCB tenements. There are over 25 members, and some of them are office attendants, plumbers and cab drivers, while many are daily wage earners.
“From June 1, the owner of a farmhouse supplied some food for those struggling in the tenements. However, due to logistical issues, this was discontinued. But every day, around noon the elderly and differently abled used to come and wait. We felt very bad and decided to serve them food by pooling money,” said Alamelu Bhaskar, a member of the association. Each member contributed toward groceries. “Since June 6, we have been feeding 300 people,” she added. However, the group is running out of funds. “It will be helpful if people help us with groceries,” Ms. Alamelu said.