Berhampur, Jan 14 (LocalWire): The members of a weavers organization here have been providing free rice and dal to the needy of their community for the last 15 years.
The Devanga Welfare Association also started providing oil and clothes to them from this year.
Each family has been provided rice (7 kg), dal (2 kg), edible oil (1 liter), sugar, suji, atta (one kg each), a saree, dhoti, a blanket and required spices, All Odisha Devanga Mahasangh president T. Gopi, said.
The free ration and other daily essentials have benefited 56 poor weaver families in Silk City.
Cash assistance of Rs. 160 was also given to each family, Gopi said.
The main objectives were to ensure that no one from our community stays in hunger, he said.
Gopi said the association members started distribution of free ration first in 1985 that too to only ten families after collecting donations.
Association chairman N. Rama Rao said they have formed a committee that examines the financial condition of the families and prepare the list of beneficiaries before food items are provided.
The silk city is home to around 2,000 weaver families. Some of them have left their traditional occupation as they are unable to make their ends meet through weaving.
The association members said they keep the money collected from the well-established weaver families in fix deposit and use it to purchase the rations.
Apart from the food security programme, the organization has also been extending helping hand to the poor students by supporting them with study materials.
This year, the organization has provided study materials to 90 school and college-going students of the community.