This piece in Deccan Herald today morning, brought tears to my eyes.
“They bring old clothes in trucks and throw them on the streets,
thinking we’ll pick up everything. Otherwise, someone in the truck
hands out whatever clothes that come in his hand — be it a sari that
falls into men’s hands and a dhoti for children. Why do they treat us
like beggars, we have our dignity. We used to own boats that cost at
least Rs 50,000 till recently,” he says. Lots of clothes can be seen on
the streets, untouched by refugees.
While so many agencies are falling over each other to collect material and money, is this how it is being distributed?
The print edition of DH, had a photograph along with above story that showed clothes lying scattered on road. Question is why?
Notwithstanding the good intent of the agencies, are people on ground trained to handle relief work?
Are they treating the victims with compassion? Or is the outlook like that of how one treats beggars in the cities?
Questions for which I have no answers. And would want to hear from those on ground.
Be cautious while donating. Donate only to recognized agencies. Do ensure that your money and material is not wasted like this.
Our Finance Minister talks of 1% cess to collect funds for relief. When I look at my Tax deductions, I don’t know how many chess charges and surcharges I am already paying and I have no idea whether the surcharge really goes where it was intended to …. but that’s a different story. I would rather see that instead of collecting surcharge, the Govt should train citizens in carrying our disaster relief for natural calamities such as earthquakes, flooding, cyclone, Tsunami, Drought etc. In fact make it mandatory that every civilian goes through a day or two day workshop on this. It would help in making sure that next time when a calamity strikes, we are sure that at least some of the folks on ground are better trained and are doing the right things on the ground.