25 November, 2020

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Transporting 8000 Kilos Of Rice, Age No Barrier For The Sekappans

R. Sekappan and his wife, both in their eighties, have been feeding agricultural labourers 90 km from Madurai

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Transporting 8000 Kilos Of Rice, Age No Barrier For The Sekappans
outlookindia.com
2020-04-25T13:44:52+05:30

If young Arnav in Chennai is an exemplar for the young, an octogenarian couple in Madurai shows that altruists never retire. When the lockdown was announced R. Sekkappan, who owns a petrol bunk in Madurai, received information from a friend in his native Okkur village in Sivaganga district that villagers, mostly agricultural labourers, had only a few days of rations left. Sekkappan ordered 800 bags of rice of 10 kilos each and with the help of a transporter friend he and his wife Nagammai (80) delivered it to his village, about 90 km from Madurai. “We had to take permission from district collectors of Madurai and Sivaganga to transport the rice, as it is an essential commodity. They granted it once they learnt who the beneficiaries were,” says Sekkappan (80).

Then, with the help of local panchayat members over two days, they distributed the rice to the neediest households so that they would have food till they collected their 20 kilos from ration shops from April 1. On finding that many required cooking oil and dal, they arranged to distribute them as well. The...

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