People who are less privileged have a general tendency to look up to the government and its schemes in the time of need. When the whole nation is swept by the episode of coronavirus, needy people consider the government to be their God who is expected to rescue and provide them with some relief during this hour of crisis. But shockingly, this time the Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been successful in outsourcing the government with its immense humanitarian values in almost 13 Indian states and union territories. The NGOs are providing meals, and necessary commodities to people who are in extreme need. NGOs fed more than 75 % of people than the Indian government has done in 9 Indian states and union territories. Even superstars like Hrithik Roshan are seeking help from the NGOs and not from the government to feed people because in many cases government institutions fail in achieving what they are expected of.
According to a response submitted by the central government in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, a total of 84,26,509 people were provided meals across the country during the lockdown, which is set to end next week. Of these, 54.15 lakh people were fed by state governments while the remaining 30.11 lakh were fed by NGOs. Primarily migrant labourers are provided with free food. In Kerala and Telangana, all meals were exclusively provided by NGOs during the lockdown, the Centre’s data show, while in states such as Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Mizoram, NGOs provided 92.8 per cent, 91.7 percent and 88.5 percent of all the meals, respectively.